Navigating your Google Doc is easy using bookmarks and hyperlinking the text, but Google Docs has an even easier way to do this for longer documents with multiple sections.
Just add a table of contents from the bottom of the "Insert" menu.
Then when you add a section heading within your text, highlight it and hold cmd+alt+1 to create a big heading for that section. Use 2 or 3 instead of 1 for smaller headings. All headings are automatically hyperlinked in the table of contents.
You can refresh the table of contents by clicking within it and then clicking the refresh arrow.
Google Docs even indents the smaller headings for you, giving your document a more professional feel.
The 'Capture, Explain and Send Screenshots' extension is available from the Chrome Web Store. Like other screenshots extensions, it allows you to screenshot a selection of a page, the visible part of a page or the entire webpage. This extension, however, allows you to also annotate those screenshots before deciding to download them or save them to your Google Drive.
While it's annotation tools don't live up to the likes of Skitch, the ease of doing this all within Chrome makes it a good contender for some quick pointers on a screenshot as can be seen below. The save to Google Drive feature required installing a second extension by the developer - Checker Plus for Google Drive - and in hindsight, perhaps it would be better to limit the amount of extensions that can access my Google Drive account.
In terms of usability, it was ok. It did the job, the text sits in a white box above whatever you're annotating over, which is not great unless it's a white background, but like I said, for the ease of being able to save direct to Drive, you may make do. It had some extra features like blurring parts of an image, but this required an upgrade. It does also stamp the URL of the page you took the snapshot at the top and bottom of the image, so unless you have a white border each side, it ends up obscuring text and images you were trying to capture.
The Awesome Screenshot extension is also available in the Chrome Web Store, make sure you install the extension, not the actual app - they function differently. This also provided the options to capture various parts of the page, with added features such as delayed capture, uploading an image, and capture desktop - this last feature allows you to select a screen from an open app/window to capture and edit.
This extension also annotates and edits images, you can even resize the selection you capture before committing to capturing it! It did, however, lack the feature to save to drive. You can store you work in your Awesome Screenshot profile, download the image or copy it to clipboard.
It terms of usability, it was the better extension by far. The text wasn't boxed in white, you can blur parts of the image without upgrading, you can highlight parts of the image with a colour and the URL wasn't stamped onto the image as with the former extension. The lack of Google Drive functionality isn't the end of the world, after all you can download it to your local Google Drive folder, which will in turn sync to your cloud-based Drive.
Overall: Awesome Screenshot wins hands down due to a slicker interface and better editing functions.
If you use Google Sheets to collect responses from Google Form submissions, you may end up with a lot of columns of short word answers. Wouldn't it be great if you could just have a numerical value for how many people gave a certain response? Well, you can
Using the COUNTIF formula, you can count the number of responses with a certain text value in a range. For example, if you want to count all the times "Yes" appears in column C, you would use the formula: =COUNTIF(C:C, "Yes").
The little comment box that appears above the cell indicates the value that will be returned by the formula. There you have it, quickly add up the number of text responses from a Google Form!
WARNING - double check your formulas, a wrong comma or missing "" can leave you with errors.
So you've taken a load of notes at a meeting, typed them as fast as your fingers can manage, and now you have everything in lower case - no capitals. If you want to submit some minutes or notes to a colleague, you're going to have to correct.
In comes Change Case, a Google Docs add-on that allows you to apply case formatting to a block of text. You want all caps? Sure! Capitals for first letters (Title case)? Done! Sentence case for normal prose? Easy!
Click on the "Add-On" menu and select "Get add-ons...).
Search for "Change Case", then click the blue "+ Free" button on the right hand side to add this to your Google Apps account.
Google will work away to add the add-on to your account. Afterwards, click "Add-ons" again in the menu bar, at the top will be an option for "Change Case". Hover over "Change Case" to reveal all the options for formatting text.
To apply this to a word, sentence or paragraph, just highlight what you want to change, then go back to the Change Case menu to alter as you wish.
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