Make Tech Easier » Google http://www.maketecheasier.com Uncomplicating the complicated, making life easier Thu, 07 Nov 2013 06:45:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.1 9 Ways to Make Better Use of Gmail Filtershttp://www.maketecheasier.com/make-better-use-of-gmail-filters/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/make-better-use-of-gmail-filters/#respond Tue, 15 Oct 2013 23:25:27 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=81905 Gmail filters is a good way for you to organize your inbox without you doing the manual work. Here are a few ways that you can make good use of Gmail fliters.

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gmail-filters-thumbGmail filters is a good way for you to set rules for your email and allow you to organize your inbox without you doing the manual work. Here are a few ways that you can make good use of Gmail Fliters

If you have multiple Gmail accounts, and you really only use one of them, a good way to manage all your emails is to forward all the emails from all the accounts to the primary account. In addition, you can mark the emails as read and archive all of them, so they won’t show up in the inbox.

To accomplish this, create a new filter with @ in the “From” field. (It will work with * as well)

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In the next section, you can select “Forward it” as well as “Mark as read” (or “Archive”).

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If you always receive emails from the same user, or have the same pattern (like questions on a particular topic, guest post request, etc), you can compose a canned response and create a filter to auto-reply with the canned response for such emails.

Here’s the guide to setup the filter to autoreply with canned response.

The standard filter allows you to select emails with attachment. You can further improve this filter by specifying the attachment size. For example, to add a label “big file attachment” to emails with attachment of more than 10MB:

1. In the search bar at the top of Gmail, type:

size:10m

2. Next, click the down arrow at the end of the search input field. This will pop up a filter window. You can add additional rule to further narrow down the search. Lastly, click the “Create filter with this search” link and you will be able to assign the specific label for this filter.

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Yet another way to customize this filter is to sort attachment according to their file types, something like:

has:attachment .jpg | .jpeg | .png | .gif | .tiff | .tif

or

has:attachment .pdf | .doc | .docx | .xls | .xlsx

and place the respective email either in “Picture” or “Documents” folder.

For the new tabbed inbox interface in Gmail, Google is the one that decides which email go into which category/tab. By using the filters, you can set your own rule to override the default settings, like emails from Twitter will go directly into “Primary” instead of “Social” tab.

To do that, you just have to add “twitter.com” in the “From” field and select “Personal” under the “Categorize as” section.

After you have created a filter, it will only work for future incoming emails. If you already have thousands of emails in your inbox and you only just started out using filters, there is an option for you to quickly apply the filter to all the emails in your inbox.

After you have selected the action for the filter, just before you click the “Create the filter” button, check the box beside “Also apply filter to matching conversations.” This will apply the filter to all the matching emails in your inbox.

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If you have multiple Gmail accounts and you want all of them to have the same set of filters, instead of creating each filter one-by-one in all the accounts, you can simply export from one account and import to other Gmail accounts.

In the “Settings -> Filters” tab, scroll down all the way to the bottom. Click “All” to select all the filter and click the “Export” button. This will export all your filter in xml format. Altneratively, you can go through each filter and place a check beside the one that you want to export.

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In the other Gmail account, click the “Import filter” link to import your filter.

If you have the habit of recording down the things that you need to do, you can simply email yourself with the subject “TODO” and make use of a filter to add “TODO” label to the email.

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Using a service like IFTTT, you can easily convert a RSS into an email and have it delivered to your inbox. You can then make use of a filter to assign “RSS” label to the email.

This is an old trick. You probably know that you can append a “+” sign to your email address and anything behind the “+” sign is ignored by Gmail. This means that you can quickly create a disposable email address of the form “myemail+disposable@gmail.com” to use for various signup.

For this to work, you have to create the filter:

TO: myemail+disposable@gmail.com 
Action: Delete It

There are tons of ways to make use of Gmail filters and we have only scratched the surface. Do share with us the cool filters you have come up with and innovative ways to make use of them.

Image credit: file folder with slots for household expenses by BigStockPhoto

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What’s The Difference Between Google Drive And Quickoffice, And Which Should You Use?http://www.maketecheasier.com/google-drive-vs-quickoffice/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/google-drive-vs-quickoffice/#comments Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:50:41 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=81471 The newly released Quickoffice comes with features similar to Google Drive. So what are the differences between them and which one shoud you use?

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Quickoffice Vs Google DriveQuickoffice was a very popular cross-platform office suite for mobile platforms that supported importing, editing, and exporting files in Microsoft’s ubiquitous .doc and .docx formats. The company, and therefore the app, was eventually bought by Google last year and went MIA for many months. But just last month, Google released an updated version of Quickoffice into the Play Store and made the app free to download. Great, but here’s the thing – Google already has an office suite called Google Drive, and by releasing a separate app into the Play Store, the two office suites now compete with each other. What sets these apps apart, and which should you choose?

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Quickoffice’s largest advantage is its ability to edit Microsoft Office documents that aren’t stored on Google Drive. It can pull files directly off your phone’s internal memory. Before being bought by Google, the app supported many providers such as Dropbox, SugarSync, and others. While that’s no longer the case, the ability to load local files still means Quickoffice can load from more sources than the Google Drive app can. So if you don’t want to store your documents on Google’s servers, the issue’s resolved already. Quickoffice is the option for you.

And as far as being a competent document editor goes, Quickoffice is still the superior app. Google Drive is no slouch, but Quickoffice simply offers more features. If you have to create a document on the go that contains tables, images, colors, and charts, you will have better luck using Quickoffice to crank it out. Not only is the interface easier to handle, but since the editing takes place offline, it’s going to provide a smoother experience.

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But Quickoffice has a serious drawback. It can load Microsoft Office files saved to Google Drive, but it displays Google Documents as PDFs – unless you have the Google Drive app installed, in which case it will load that instead.

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If you’re content with working with Google Documents, then the Google Drive app is a solid mobile companion. It’s nothing intensive, and it’s not as feature-rich as the desktop version, but it’s capable of getting by in a pinch. If all you need is something to type out a few paragraphs on or even a lengthy, text-heavy paper, you should be fine.

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Google Drive in a desktop web browser can import and export Microsoft Office files just fine, but if you try to load such a file using the mobile app, you’re provided with read-only access. But with the Google Drive app, creating and editing documents is only half of the point. Perhaps the app’s strongest advantage is the ability to collaborate with others. It can show how many other people are looking at the open document at the same time, where they’ve placed their cursor, and the changes they make as they make them. Users can leave comments for others to read, and there’s a certain pleasure pulling out your phone to edit a document a colleague has open on their desktop.

Neither Quickoffice or Drive are limited just to word processing. Both can handle spreadsheets and presentations as well, but the commentary dished out above is the same across the board. Quickoffice is a more capable option for people who need to do more intense work using their Android devices or want to work with documents saved to internal storage. Drive is good for people with solid internet connections who aren’t put off by saving data to Google’s servers. The latter app also has nice collaboration features that could make it worth using on its own. But at the end of the day, these two apps work better together than they do alone. If you have the space available to run both (and with most modern phones, you more than likely do), then that’s your best bet.

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Customize Google Images Search Results with this Simple Trickhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/customize-google-images-search-results/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/customize-google-images-search-results/#respond Mon, 07 Oct 2013 19:00:42 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=81541 If you are always searching Google Images with a set of filter, here is how you can customize Google Images Search Result to always show the result you want.

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google-image-search-thumbBy default, when you do a search in Google Images, it will retrieve and display all the images relating to your search term. If you want to filter the result, you have to click the “Cog” icon and go to “Advanced Search” before you can configure the settings for the returned images. If you are like me, who need to find “free to use” and “large” images most of the time, here is a simple trick to customize the Google Images search result, so it always return what you want to find.

1. Go to Google Advanced Images search and configure the settings you want for your images, but leave the search term (the whole section under “Find images with…”) blank . For this example, I have selected “Larger than 800×600″ for Image size and “free to use or share” for usage rights.

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Click “Advanced Search”. It will bring you to the Google Image search page.

2. All you have to do is to bookmark this page. Next time you load this URL and do an image search, the results will automatically be filtered with the search criteria you defined.

Alternatively, you can create a custom search engine in Chrome.

1. In Google Chrome, go to “Settings” and click “Manage Search Engines”.

2. In the “Other search engines” section, add a new search engine. Add the URL you bookmarked earlier, and don’t forget to add “%s” behind the “&as_q=” parameter.

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That’s it. You can now search directly from the omnibar with the “images” keyword.

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How to Create QR Code in Google Drivehttp://www.maketecheasier.com/create-qr-code-in-google-drive/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/create-qr-code-in-google-drive/#comments Fri, 04 Oct 2013 19:00:00 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=81448 There are tons of ways to create QR code. If you are a Google Drive user, here is one quick way to create R code in Google Document

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We have shown you several ways to create QR code, and most of them require you to visit a website or download a software. For Google Documents (aka. Google Drive) user, here is a quick way you can create QR code.

1. Create a new Spreadsheet in Google Drive.

2. In Column A, enter the content that you want to embed in the QR code. It can be a URL, a word, sentence, or paragraph, a contact number.

3. In the respective cell in Column B, paste in the following forumla:

=image("https://chart.googleapis.com/chart?chs=150x150&cht=qr&chl=" & A1)

You can change the 150×150 value to set the QR code size. Also, change the “A1″ value to the cell where it will grab the content to embed.

This is what you will see:

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From here, you can take a screenshot of your desktop to save the QR code.

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Add Self-Destruct (And Many Other) Features to Gmail with mxHerohttp://www.maketecheasier.com/self-destruct-features-gmail/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/self-destruct-features-gmail/#comments Sat, 28 Sep 2013 14:50:08 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=80774 Gmail is great, but it definitely can be better. Being able to send messages at a later date, send self-destructing messages, tracking attachments and more options would make Gmail the perfect email service. That's where mxHero Toolbox comes in handy for Gmail users.

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mxhero-toolbox-gmailGmail is one of the leading email providers in the world, but it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles to make it perfect. Being able to send messages at a later date, send self-destructing messages, tracking attachments and more options would make Gmail the perfect email service. That’s where mxHero Toolbox comes in handy for Gmail users.

‘The mxHero Toolbox extension for Chrome allows users to add all the above features and more to Gmail. It takes all the things that could make Gmail perfect and adds them to a single extension. As long as you use Gmail in your Web browser, you can take advantage of everything mxHero Toolbox has to offer.

The mxHero Toolbox Chrome extension offers the following features to make Gmail more functional.

1. Reply Timeout

Reply Timeout allows you to set reminders to alert you to the fact that certain emails still haven’t been responded to by the recipient. This gives you a way to track whether or not something important has been forgotten or ignored so you can follow-up and get the response you need.

2. Attachment Track

Attachment Track gives you access to real time alerts when an attachment is accessed. This can be a great way to make sure that someone has actually seen what you’ve sent them instead of just telling you that they did.

3. Self Destruct

There are a lot of self-destructing email services available online but no major e-mail provider offers the service themselves. With Self Destruct, you can send self-destructing e-mails through Gmail for added privacy and security without relying on a third party to send them for you.

4. Send Later

Send Later lets you choose exactly when an e-mail is sent so that you can schedule e-mails as necessary during the day.

5. Private Delivery

Private Delivery masks the way you send an e-mail to multiple people by making it appear on their end that you only sent it to them. This can be an easy way to send a mass e-mail without looking like you’re sending a mass e-mail.

1. You can download mxHero Toolbox from the Chrome Web Store. There’s nothing special to note during the installation. You won’t have to restart Chrome to get started.

2. Log into Gmail. A pop-up will appear letting you know you’ve installed mxHero Toolbox.

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3. Clicking “Next” will begin walking you through how to use mxHero Toolbox. This can be useful to learn more about mxHero Toolbox and how it makes Gmail better.

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4. Now, click “Compose” in Gmail. You’ll notice the yellow mxHero Toolbox icon at the bottom.

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5. Once you fill in a recipient’s e-mail address and a subject, click on it. This’ll open the main menu for mxHero Toolbox.

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From here, you can do just about anything you need with the email you’re about to send. This includes tracking attachments, sending self-destructing messages, setting up private delivery, sending an e-mail later and timing out a reply.

6. Click on the option you want for the email you’re sending.

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The light next to it will turn yellow, letting you know that option is selected.

You can select multiple options for a single email, too. Just click on other options to add them to the email you want to send.

For “Send Later” and “Reply TimeOut”, you’ll be able to choose a time frame for the e-mail.

When you’re ready to send an email for the first time with mxHero Toolbox, a pop-up will appear letting you choose what account to give the extension access.

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7. Click on the account, then click “Continue.”

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Go over the permissions mxHero Toolbox wants you to approve of and then click “Accept.”

Now, you’ll be able to choose the options you want and send e-mails the way you need to in Gmail with the extension. Unless you revoke permission, you won’t have to give it again to mxHero Toolbox in the future.

mxHero Toolbox offers free and paid plans. Individuals with Gmail can use it for free. For those with Google Apps’ accounts, up to four accounts can use it at once, otherwise, you’ll need to invest in a paid plan to use the features mxHero Toolbox has to offer.

mxHero Toolbox adds new features frequently, and as soon as they do, and you update the extension (which is often done automatically), you’ll have access to them. If you’re looking for a way to get more from Gmail, this extensions offers a variety of functions that you’ll find useful and efficient for sending e-mails. Give mxHero Toolbox a try and let us know what you think.

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How to Display Alternate Calendar in Google Calendarhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/quick-tips/display-alternate-calendar-google-calendar/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/quick-tips/display-alternate-calendar-google-calendar/#comments Tue, 24 Sep 2013 19:00:31 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?post_type=quick-tips&p=81052 Google Calendar is a great tool for you to add schedule and get organized. If you are following another calendar in addition to the default Greogian Calendar, such as the Hijri or Chinese calendar, Google does allow you to display them alongside the default calendar.

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Google Calendar is a great tool for you to add schedule and get organized. If you are following another calendar in addition to the default Gregorian Calendar, such as the Hijri or Chinese calendar, Google does allow you to display them alongside the default calendar.

Go to Google Calendar and click the “Cog” button, followed by “Settings”.

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Scroll down the page until you see the section “Alternate Calendar”. The default option is “No alternate calendar”. You can change it to Hijri or Chinese Lunar Calendar.

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Once that is done, click “Save” and go back to calendar, you should see the date of your selected calendar showing up side by side in Google Calendar.

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If the calendar that you are looking for is not in the “alternate calendar” list, you can go to “Calendar” tab in the Settings page and click “Browse Interesting Calendar”.

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Go to the “More” tab and you will be able to add Hebrew Calendar, Day of the Year, Phase of the Moon, Stardates etc.

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How to Find Lost Emails in Gmailhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/find-lost-emails-in-gmail/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/find-lost-emails-in-gmail/#comments Wed, 18 Sep 2013 23:25:02 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=79895 Every once in a while, you just can't seem to find the email you're looking for. For most users, the emails are lost because they're deleted or filtered into a Spam or Trash folder. We'll show you how to find lost emails in Gmail.

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find-lost-emails-gmailEvery once in a while, you just can’t seem to find the email you’re looking for. While Gmail has acknowledged this is a real issue for some users, they’ve never introduced a fix to prevent it from happening. For most users, the emails are lost because they’re deleted or filtered into a Spam or Trash folder. We’ll show you how to find lost emails in Gmail.

There are only three known ways to actually delete emails in Gmail:

  • Marking an email as spam, then emptying that folder
  • Delete the email, then delete it directly from the Trash folder
  • Delete the email, then let Gmail automatically delete it in 30 days

Unless you did one of the above, the email you’re looking for is somewhere within Gmail. It’s just a matter of locating it.

In order to effectively find lost emails in Gmail, you need to know some keywords contained in the email along with an approximate date it was sent or received. This makes narrowing down where the email is easier.

1. Perform a search with the keywords related to the email.

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If you use more than one word, make sure you use quotations to isolate it as a phrase as opposed to multiple words. This can make it much easier to narrow down the search results as you look for your lost email.

2. When you view the results of that search, if you don’t find what you’re looking for, scroll all the way to the bottom and look for Deleted messages.

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3. Click on “View them.”

This will show all the results in your Trash that relate to your keyword search.

4. If you found the email you’re looking for, make sure to move it to your inbox to keep it from being deleted in the Trash.

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5. If you still haven’t found the email you’re looking for, look for the Spam folder in the left-hand side of Gmail and click it.

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6. Now, search within the Spam folder with the same keyword or keywords you used before.

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Gmail will automatically add what’s necessary to do this.

7. Go through the Spam results that match your keyword, and if you find the email, mark it as safe so it’ll move to your inbox. This will also help keep similar emails from going to your Spam folder in Gmail.

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8. If you still can’t find the email you’ve lost, you can try going through any other default folders you have set up with the steps above. If you’re having no luck, chances are the email is gone for good and was deleted by you or Gmail at some point.

The only way to recover that email at this point is to contact the sender and request them to send it to you again.

Don’t panic if you can’t find the email you’re looking for in Gmail. As you can see, chances are it’s still there, it’s just misplaced. If you follow the steps above, you’ll find the email you’re looking for in no time or at least know for sure it’s gone for good.

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How to Encrypt Your Gmail Message and Protect Your Privacyhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/encrypt-gmail-message/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/encrypt-gmail-message/#comments Thu, 22 Aug 2013 23:25:53 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=79840 If you are really concern about the privacy of your email, you should really consider encrypt your Gmail message so even Google can't view it.

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encrypt-gmail-iconIn the wake of the PRISM event and the statement that Google make “Gmail users have no reasonable expectation that their communications are confidential“, perhaps it is really time for us to wake up and start to take the privacy issue more seriously. We have discussed plenty of privacy precautions and measures that you can take, but we never really discuss about securing your email, particularly Gmail privacy.

Google doesn’t encrypt your message by default. In fact, it will even scan your mail content so as to serve you related ads. If you are planning to fix things up on your own, there is a Chrome extension – Secure Gmail, that allows you to encrypt your email.

Note: Secure Gmail is only available for Google Chrome.

1. In Google Chrome, install the Secure Gmail extension.

2. If you are already logged in to Gmail, refresh the browser. If not, login to Gmail. You should see a “Lock” icon beside the Compose button. Click on it.

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3. A new secured Compose window will pop up. You can now compose your message like you usually do. Notice that at the bottom, it shows a “Save failed” icon when Gmail attempts to save a draft of your message. This shows that your draft message is not saved in Google server.

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4. When you are done composing your message, click the “Send Encrypted” button. A dialog box will pop up to prompt you to enter the password for this message. The recipients will have to enter this password to decrypt the message.

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5. This is what the recipient will see when they open the encrypted message.

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6. To view the message, the recipient have to click the “Decrypt message with password” link and enter the password. If they did not have the Secure Gmail installed, there will also be a prompt for them to install the extension.

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At the moment, using Secure Gmail can be rather cumbersome as it is available only for Google Chrome and both you and the recipients need to have the extension installed. However, for encrypting Gmail message, this is currently the best solution you can get.

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How To Stream Local Media to Chromecasthttp://www.maketecheasier.com/stream-local-media-to-chromecast/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/stream-local-media-to-chromecast/#respond Wed, 21 Aug 2013 23:25:19 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=79722 Google did not advertise the Chromecast to be able to stream local files from your PC, but that doesn't mean it can't do it. Here is a guide to stream local media to Chromecast.

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ChromecastLocal-thumbThe Chromecast is a wonderful device, a $35 dongle that supports streaming YouTube, Netflix, Play Movies, and Play Music. We’ve covered it before, listing six ways to use the device that may not be immediately apparent. This article fleshes out one of those use cases. Here is a guide to stream local media to Chromecast. It’s not a polished experience, and audio works much better than video, but it’s a surprisingly easy process.

Streaming local files may not be an advertised feature of the Chromecast, but it doesn’t require the installation of any third-party software to get up and running. To get started, just head over the Chrome Web Store and install the Google Chrome Chromecast extension.

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This extension will place the Chromecast icon near the full-screen button found in YouTube and Netflix videos. It also enables you to mirror tabs to your television. This is currently a beta feature, and it’s kind of laggy, but it’s still nice functionality to have in addition to the Chromecast’s core features.

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This tab casting feature, however, also supports local media playback. For Windows users, this process is as easy as selecting a file in your file manager and dragging it into the location bar. Alternatively, if you know the path already, you can type it in yourself. Either way, the file will start playing immediately.

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Ironically, doing this is more different on Google’s own desktop operating system. Dragging and dropping is not supported on Chrome OS, but it’s still possible to navigate to the file directly. The path to your downloads folder is file:///home/chronos/user/Downloads/. Append the name of your file to the end of that path and paste it into the location bar. It should then start immediately, just as it does on other platforms.

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What about music? Not a problem. Streaming audio files is just as easy, and since the files are typically smaller, the results are more satisfactory. Audio playback should be much more stable than trying to stream video.

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Video playback may be awful and is likely to look very pixelated. One way to “improve” this situation is the lower the tab projection quality. You can do this by clicking on the Chromecast icon and finding the setting under options. Chrome defaults to 720p, but you can drop it down to 480p standard definition.

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Unfortunately, this may not completely take care of your problem. There’s a reason Google lists tab casting as a beta product for the time being.

If you’re using Windows, you can also choose to cast your entire screen. It’s sort of the buckshot approach. If you’re streaming your entire screen, then you’re also streaming the local files that are on it. Just bear in mind that this feature isn’t even beta – it’s experimental.

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The options for streaming local video files are limited now, but this is likely to change in the days and weeks ahead. One developer is already experimenting with an Android app that can stream content from your device’s gallery, Dropbox, or Google Drive. We’ll keep an eye out to see what innovations pop up. If you discover anything in the meantime, feel free share it with us and others in the comments below.

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How to Send a Private Message in Google Plushttp://www.maketecheasier.com/quick-tips/send-private-message-in-google-plus/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/quick-tips/send-private-message-in-google-plus/#respond Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:00:15 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?post_type=quick-tips&p=79395 Like Facebook, Google Plus allows you to send a private message to another person. The only problem is that this feature is not publicized and a lot of people are not aware of this capability. Here is how you can send a private message in Google Plus.

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Like Facebook, Google Plus allows you to send a private message to another person. The only problem is that this feature is not publicized and a lot of people are not aware of this capability. Here is how you can send a private message in Google Plus.

1. Open your Google Plus page and type in your private message. At the “To” field, enter the name of the person who you want to share the post with.

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2. To prevent the recipients from sharing your post and make it not so “private”, click the down arrow beside the “To” field and select “Disable reshares”.

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3. Click “Share”. The recipient will now receive a notification that you have shared a post with him/her.

That’s it.

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6 Unconventional Uses For Google Chromecasthttp://www.maketecheasier.com/6-unconventional-uses-for-google-chromecast/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/6-unconventional-uses-for-google-chromecast/#respond Tue, 30 Jul 2013 14:50:31 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=78844 Google Chromecast is a $35 affordable media streamer that you plug into your TV or monitor and stream YouTube, Netflix, and Google Play content from your computer. What sets Chromecast apart is that these uses are just the beginning. Here are six areas where a Chromecast could excel where others offerings have not.

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chromecast-thumbGoogle’s Chromecast is a $35 affordable media streamer that you plug into your TV or monitor, and it’s no surprise that the device has garnered so much attention so soon after its release. It’s a highly versatile device. Yes, it can stream YouTube, Netflix, and Google Play content, but between consoles, Blu-Ray players, and smart TVs, you probably already have a means of doing most of this already. What sets Chromecast apart is that these uses are just the beginning. Here are six areas where a Chromecast could excel where others offerings have not.

Chromecast-Travel

Chromecast is great for the traveling business person who finds themselves shuffling from one hotel to another. Who cares what cable package is available when you can pop in a Chromecast and stream the same media you would have at home? As long as you have easy access to a WiFi network and a TV with an unhindered HDMI port, you have what you need to get up and running.

Chromecast-Business

Workers have needed to present information on a larger screen for colleagues since the dawn of business meetings. Projectors get the job done, but they’re expensive and unwieldy. A Chromecast is substantially cheaper. Place a large TV or monitor in a conference room and plug one in the back. They’re cheap enough to place in every room in an office, and it’s easy for one device to take over the screen for another, perhaps speeding up team presentations.

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Chromecasts don’t have parental controls built in, but a person needs access to a smartphone, tablet, or computer to make use of them. Parents with small children can turn a movie on using their smartphone and walk away knowing their children can’t accidentally change what’s on to something more adult.

Chromecast-Party

Since Chromecasts are so portable, you can take one to anyone’s house and know exactly which movies and music you will be able to stream. Though it could get chaotic, it’s an easy way for everyone to share YouTube videos with one another, each person able to search and play from their own devices. If the party attendants aren’t particularly tech savvy, or they’ve had a little too much to drink, you may even be able to convince them that you’re a wizard. And since Chromecasts are so cheap, it won’t be the end of the world if things get out of hand and it somehow ends up broken.

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Google hasn’t advertised this feature, but it’s possible to stream media saved locally from a computer to a Chromecast device. As long as your files are converted into the right format, you can take those files buried on your hard drive and watch them on a display that will make them pop. It may not be as smooth, but it sure is less expensive or time consuming they setting up your own home media server. And when you’re done, you’ll be able to take that remote in the picture above and put it away for good.

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No, the Chromecast won’t clean your apartment for you, but it could be your ticket out of a messy entertainment cabinet. If you don’t really watch cable or purchase DVDs anymore, you can clear out all of the boxes from under your television, stick a Chromecast in the back, and let the power cable be the only remaining cord. Manage all of your media on your computer or in the cloud and only fire up the TV when you want a bigger display.

You probably already have a way to stream cloud media to your TV – maybe even two or three – but don’t let that stop you from giving the Chromecast a serious look. This device is flexible in a way previous media streamers are not. This can turn you into a media streaming warrior on the go, and it can save you a bunch of money in the process. If you already have a Chromecast, or you have ideas about how to make use of the device, share your experience and ideas with us in the comments below.

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Switch View in Google Calendar With These Shortcut Keyshttp://www.maketecheasier.com/quick-tips/switch-view-in-google-calendar/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/quick-tips/switch-view-in-google-calendar/#respond Fri, 26 Jul 2013 19:00:50 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?post_type=quick-tips&p=78658 In Google Calendar, you can easily switch the view between Day, Week, Month, 4 Days and Agenda with these shortcut keys. Check them out.

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Google loves to include keyboard shortcuts for all their apps. This is no exception to Google Calendar. If you visit Google Calendar very frequently, you will know that the default calendar view is Month. While there is a navigation bar at the top that allows you to switch between, Day, Week, Month and 4 Days, nothing beats using the keyboard shortcut to change the view quickly.

In Google Calendar, simply press the key 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 to quickly switch between Day, Week, Month, 4 Days and Agenda view respectively.

Isn’t that simple?

Image credit: Calendar Card – February by BigStockPhoto

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Manage Gmail from a Dedicated Panel in Firefoxhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/manage-gmail-from-a-dedicated-panel-in-firefox/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/manage-gmail-from-a-dedicated-panel-in-firefox/#comments Wed, 03 Jul 2013 21:25:27 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?post_type=post-ideas&p=77198 We’re always looking for ways to better manage Gmail, whether it’s using Gmail offline or automatically backing up your Gmail attachments to the cloud. If you use Firefox, you can take advantage of Gmail panel to manage your e-mail account in a single panel.

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GmailPanel-thumbWe’re always looking for ways to better manage Gmail, whether it’s using Gmail offline or automatically backing up your Gmail attachments to the cloud. If you use Firefox, you can take advantage of Gmail panel to manage your e-mail account in a single panel.

1. Install Gmail panel from Firefox’s add-on repository.

After restarting your browser, you’ll want to manually head to Gmail before using the add-on. You’ll need to enable Gmail Labs to show notifications for Gmail panel to utilize them to alert you to new e-mails.

2. Click on the “Gear Icon” in Gmail, then click on “Settings.”

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3. Locate the “Labs” tab and search for “Unread message icon.”

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Make sure to enable the Lab, then click “Save Changes.” This lab is now live and will work with Gmail panel to give you live notifications as you receive e-mail.

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You can work with Gmail panel in three ways: You can right-click the Gmail panel icon to open a dropdown menu that gives you access to Gmail.

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You can also just click the icon to open the panel or set up a keyboard shortcut to quickly open Gmail panel.

4. The first time you use Gmail panel, you’ll need to log in.

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As long as you check the “Stay signed in” box, you’ll stay logged in as long as you don’t clear your cache when you exit Firefox. Gmail panel doesn’t play well with password managers, so you’ll have to copy and paste your password as opposed to dragging and dropping it into the box.

Now that you’re logged in, you’ll see Gmail is now in a panel within your browser. You can read e-mails, compose e-mails and use Gmail like you’re used to. There’s no change in the functionality of Gmail; you’re simply using it in its own dedicated panel.

If you click on any other Google service, such as Calendar or Drive, that service will load in the window behind the panel. If you click away from the panel at any time, it’ll close until you open it again.

5. Hovering over the top right hand corner of the panel will open a menu that allows you to close the Gmail panel, refresh it or pin it.

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Pinning the Gmail panel will keep it open even after navigating to another window in Firefox.

6. If you head to Firefox’s add-on settings for Gmail panel, you can customize a variety of features related to the add-on, including the keyboard shortcut needed to use the add-on.

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The Gmail panel can be moved around within the browser, but it can’t be manually resized without doing so in the settings. The first two settings you’ll work with – Panel width and Panel height – allow you to change just that.

Depending on your computer’s resolution, it may take some tweaking to get the size just right. Keep in mind that if your panel is larger than your Firefox window, the panel will still open to its full size.

7. We advise you set a time delay within the settings. This changes how quickly Firefox opens Gmail panel when you open the browser. This can drastically increase the speed when opening Firefox. In our tests with Gmail panel, we noted that its initial use made Firefox seem to drag a bit. When we increased the delay to 18, Firefox opened like it normally would.

8. Gmail panel’s add-on settings will also let you change the frequency it checks for new e-mail. This can be every minute to every hour; it all depends on how often you check your e-mail.

9. Gmail panel lets you set a keyboard shortcut and modifier to let you open and close the panel as necessary.

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You can use the modifiers to choose a keystroke that when tied together with the Key, will open or close Gmail panel. You will need to restart Firefox to make the keyboard shortcut work.

10. When you receive a new e-mail, Gmail panel will notify you of it.

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You can turn this off or can enable it to just show you the notification once instead of each time your e-mail is checked.

Unfortunately at this time, you can’t manage more than one account in Gmail panel which makes it useless for Gmail power users. It will always open the secondary accounts in a new browser tab as opposed to the Gmail panel.

Gmail panel lets you manage Gmail the way you normally do within Firefox but by providing you a dedicated window to do so. This can help you check e-mail and still take care of things in the background as you use the Web.

How do you manage Gmail in Firefox? Let us know in the comments below.

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Back Up Your Gmail Attachments to Cloud Storage with Attachments.mehttp://www.maketecheasier.com/back-up-gmail-attachments-cloud-storage/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/back-up-gmail-attachments-cloud-storage/#respond Tue, 02 Jul 2013 23:25:06 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=77209 Gmail comes with 15GB of storage space free of charge, but while you might think that will last you forever, as soon as you start to receive attachments, this space is very quickly eaten into. By using Attachments.me you can automatically back up your Gmail attachments so you are protected in case emails are accidentally deleted, or you need to free up a little space.

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attachments_me_teaserGmail is quite generous in terms of the amount of storage space you are provided free of charge, but while you might think that 15GB will last you forever, as soon as you start to receive attachments this space is very quickly eaten into. By using Attachments.me you can automatically back up your Gmail attachments so you are protected in case emails are accidentally deleted, or you need to free up a little space.

By signing up for a free account, it is possible to have all of your email attachments uploaded from Gmail to one of several cloud storage services, such as Dropbox, Skydrive and Google Drive. This is useful enough, but there is scope to take things further.

Filters can be configured so that emails are handled differently and to send different types of attachment to different online folders. This gives you a great way to automatically sort your Gmail attachments in a variety of ways so that files sent from particular people are backed up in one folder, while images are saved to another.

Head over to the Attachments.me website and click the Sign up with Google button.

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Use your Google credentials to create a new account with the site. You’ll have to grant permission for Attachments.me to access your Google account so that the service is able to work with your emails — just click the Accept button.

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The next thing you will need to do is to connect any of the cloud services you use to Attachments.me. At the moment, there is support for Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and SkyDrive. You need to click the Connect button beneath each in order to sign into the associated accounts.

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When you have chosen all of the cloud storage services you’re going to be using, click OK, done!.

Attachments.me will automatically create a couple of rules for you so that any images sent to you as attachments will be automatically backed up to one cloud storage service, while other documents will go to another. Click OK, Done! to accept the default rules or untick the check boxes before continuing.

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Starting with no automatic rules in place puts you in a better position for ensuring that your files are filtered exactly as you want.

At the main Attachments.me page, click the Attachments tab at the top followed by the Automatic Filtering Rules link to the left.

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Click the Add New Rule button and then enter a label for the rule you’re creating. If you want to keep things simple, click in the Send all field and use the menu that appears to select the type of attachment you would like to filter with this particular rule — images, documents, music, movies, code or archives.

You can then click the Browse button to choose which cloud service these files should be backed up to before clicking Add Rule to complete the process.

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But you can also make things slightly more complicated by introducing conditions. You may not want to treat all image attachments in the same way, for instance. You could opt to save files that have been sent to you by people from work to one folder and those that have been sent to you by friends to another.

Click the Add a condition field and use the first drop-down menu to choose Sender’s email, Subject or Filename. You can then use the second menu to choose between contains or does not contain, while the final field can be used to specify your filtering criteria.

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It is possible to include numerous conditions within each rule so that attachments can be very finely filtered.

You should bear in mind that the free account only allows for up to seventy-five files per month to be filtered, and if you find that you need more you can sign up for a paid account.

Mobile users will be pleased to find that there is an iOS app available in the App Store, but sadly Android users do not have access to anything similar.

The web service itself is impressive enough, even if you decide to stick with the free account. Despite the fact there are limits on the number of rules you can create and the number of attachments that can be processed in a month, the chances are that two rules and a 75-attachment limit will be sufficient for most people.

To keep things simple you might want to create one rule that creates a backup of all of your attachments, and a second one to save backup copy of any PDFs or other documents that are sent to you. There are lots of options, and I’m sure you’ll find a way to reap the benefits of the service.

If you have a particularly great use for Attachments.me, why not share it below?

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How to Configure The Tabbed Inbox In Gmailhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/configure-tabbed-inbox-in-gmail/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/configure-tabbed-inbox-in-gmail/#respond Sat, 08 Jun 2013 14:50:26 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=74982 Google has recently introduced the new tabbed inbox in Gmail which will auto-sort your emails into various tabs and help you to be more productive. This new tabbed inbox interface is not activated by default. This article will show you how you can activate and configure the tabbed inbox in Gmail.

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gmail-tabbed-interface-thumbGoogle has recently introduced the new tabbed inbox in Gmail. This new interface will auto-sort your emails into various tabs and help you to be more productive. Unlike many features that are activated by default, the tabbed inbox interface is not visible until you activate it manually. This article will show you how you can activate and configure the tabbed inbox in Gmail.

The tabbed inbox is not implemented by default. To activate it, you have to click the “Settings” (the wheel cog icon) and select “Configure Inbox” from the drop down.

Gmail Settings Configure Inbox

A popup window will show up. Other than the Primary tab that is checked, you can choose to enable Social, Promotions, Updates and Forums tab. As you hover above each section, it will show a snippet of the existing emails that will in fall in the respective section. For example, when I hover my mouse over the Social section, it show up all my Twitter and Facebook notification emails.

Select tabs to activate tabbed inbox in Gmail

After you have clicked “Save”. It will bring you back to the inbox. You should now see the new tabbed interface in action. If you have plenty of unread emails, you should also see the unread count dropped drastically (only the important unread email are used for the Unread count).

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To configure which emails go to which tabs, you have to go to “Settings -> Filters”. Create a new filter.

Fill in the input field that you want to filter and click “create filter with this search”.

Lastly, under the “Categorize as” section, select the tabs where the emails that match this filter will go to.

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If you have tried the tabbed inbox interface and didn’t like it, you can get it to return to the classic interface by unchecking all the boxes.

However, if you are previously using the “Multiple Inboxes” feature to show multiple inboxes, you will find that it no longer work. To restore the multiple inboxes:

1. Go to “Settings -> Inbox”.

2. In the “Inbox Type” dropdown box, you should see the option “Default” selected by default. Click the drop down and change to “Priority Inbox”

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3. Now, you can create up to 4 multiple inboxes. You can click on the Option link to configure the emails that show up in each inbox.

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Personally, I have tried the tabbed inbox and I don’t really like it. I prefer to see all my emails in one whole list so I won’t miss out important emails. In addition, the inability to control which email go into which tab and create your own tabs make it a less useful feature than it seems. What about you? Do you love the new tabbed inbox interface in Gmail?

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MTE Explains: What Is Google AdSense, and Who Profits From It?http://www.maketecheasier.com/google-adsense-and-who-profits-from-it/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/google-adsense-and-who-profits-from-it/#comments Wed, 05 Jun 2013 21:25:26 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=74138 As you've browsed the web, you've undoubtedly noticed ads strung up along the sides of webpages. These ads drive much of the wealth that powers the Internet and sometimes even fund complete websites. Many of these ads are driven by a single program, Google AdSense. Let's take a look at what is Adsense and how you can make money from it.

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AdSense-make-moneyAs you’ve browsed the web, you’ve undoubtedly noticed ads strung up along the sides of webpages. These ads drive much of the wealth that powers the Internet and sometimes even fund complete websites. Many of these ads are driven by a single program, Google AdSense. This program has made countless websites and businesses a lot of money, including Google.

Google administers the AdSense program as a means for publishers to distribute text, image, and video ads aimed at specific audiences. People who are browsing a blog about home improvement may be more likely to buy a new lawnmower than someone reading about celebrity gossip, so Google AdSense delivers targeted ads on the most receptive webpages. Advertisers don’t have to manually search out the best locations on the Internet to purchase ad space; they can just trust Google to do so for them.

Google AdSense Sign Up

People who commit to the program insert AdSense JavaScript code provided by Google into their webpage. Whenever that page is visited, the code fetches content from Google’s servers. For contextual ads, Google searches the webpage for keywords and displays relevant text or images. For ads targeting specific sites, advertisers get to choose which pages to display their ads on. Search ads appear in search results whenever visitors search a site for content. Online games are also capable of displaying ads through the program.

First, Google. Publishers can buy ads on a per-click (pay Google every time someone clicks on their ad) or per-impression (pay Google based on the traffic of the page the ad is placed on) basis. In 2011, Google earned nearly 30 percent of its total revenue from this program, just under $10 billion.

Google AdSense Make Money

But the people at Google are far from the only ones drawing money from the program. Bloggers turn to AdSense as a means of turning what could be just a hobby into a professional endeavor, as Google shares a portion of its revenue with the owners of websites hosting their ads. YouTube partners also draw their earnings via this program.

Advertisers obviously find success, which is why the program continues to exist. That said, there is no such thing as a sure thing. Many bloggers make mere pennies from the program, and some advertisers find that it’s more trouble than it’s worth.

Google AdSense Register

Google has a sign-up page for anyone interested in joining the AdSense program. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a website or content that can be monetized, and a mailing address to receive bank statements. Your AdSense account will be tied to your pre-existing Google Account unless you choose to create a new one. AdSense users will be given control over the types of ads that appear on their pages and offered metrics on how much traffic their ads are receiving. Also, signing up is free. The only cost to using AdSense is the addition of what some consider to be unsightly ads that don’t always integrate nicely into web layouts.

Google AdSense can be a decent way to make a living, and it can be a waste of time. Either way, it could take months, even years, to find out. If you’ve had experience using Google AdSense, please share your experience with others in the comments below.

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MTE Explains: How To Become a YouTube Partnerhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/become-youtube-partner/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/become-youtube-partner/#comments Thu, 30 May 2013 14:50:36 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=72763 Anyone can upload a video to YouTube, but only YouTube partners can make money. This begs the logical question - how does your general YouTube user become a revenue generating partner?

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YouTube-Partner-smallAnyone can upload a video to YouTube, but only YouTube partners can make money. This begs the logical question – how does your general YouTube user become a revenue generating partner?

YouTube Partner Channel

YouTube partners are users who choose to monetize their accounts. They agree to allow YouTube to place ads inside or near their videos. They then make money depending on how many times people view their videos. Google will pay partners through an Adsense account, and how much money a partner makes varies according to a wide range of factors.

Partner Ads

While most Youtube partners use the money they receive as supplementary income, some are able to make a living from producing videos. If you’ve uploaded a video that went viral, but you haven’t yet monetized your account, you’re kind of out of luck. Becoming a partner makes sure no future views go to waste. You can then place ads on previously uploaded videos so that they can begin generating revenue as well.

YouTube Partner Enable

YouTube users who are curious about taking the step towards monetization can check their eligibility by heading over to YouTube’s Account Monetization page. There is an “Enable My Account” button that will, assuming you’re accepted, enable you to monetize your account. Eligibility depends largely upon which country you live in and whether you own the worldwide rights to the videos that you upload, including all of the sound effects and music that may be contained inside them. If you did not create all of the content yourself, you must be able to show written permission to distribute it. You must also abide by both YouTube’s Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. The latter bars you from uploading content that is sexually explicit, depicting real-world abuse, or is otherwise harmful. If any of your videos break these guidelines, they will be taken down. YouTube’s partnership criteria are available for anyone to see.

YouTube Creator Hub

YouTube provides creators with a set of tools, guides, and general information they can use to get themselves off the ground and generate publicity. YouTube partners can upload banner art to give their channels unique looks, custom thumbnails, and longer videos. A newer perk is the ability to host a live hangout session. Other features are reserved for channels with more subscribers. Some can insert merch annotations, shows, rentals, and more live streaming. Not all features are available upon request. YouTube also provides all partners with a dashboard providing them with analytical data about their viewers and whether their ads are getting clicked.

YouTube partners were originally surrounded by mystery, as Google only invited select producers to be participants. The process has since opened up, and anyone with a following and complete rights to their content can become one. If you have a camera, the dedication needed to produce a show, and the perseverance necessary to gain a following, you can become a YouTube partner. If you already produce YouTube videos, do you think of it as a hobby or a job?

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How To Edit Photos In Google Plushttp://www.maketecheasier.com/edit-photos-in-google-plus/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/edit-photos-in-google-plus/#comments Wed, 29 May 2013 23:25:21 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=73458 Google Plus was recently updated with a new interface and a good number of added features. This includes Creative Kit, a built-in image editor that allows a user to edit photos in Google Plus right within the app. The following instructions illustrate how this is done.

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google-creative-kit-smallGoogle Plus was recently updated with a new interface and a good number of added features. This includes Creative Kit, a built-in image editor that allows a user to edit photos in Google Plus right within the app. The following instructions illustrate how this is done.

To edit photos in Google Plus, you’ll need to find photos you have saved on your Google + account. Hover over the Home button on the top left corner and go to Photos.

You’ll see your photos in tiled view. The default tab is Highlights, but go to the Photos tab to view all photos. Click on the photo you want to edit.

This brings up the photo in full view, and you should see an “Edit” option on the top bar of the photo page. Click on this and wait for the photo editor to load.

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The controls for editing the photo appear on the left side of the new window, while the photo appears centered in the middle of the page.

An Auto-Fix option is used to quickly fix common aspects of the image, such as colors, exposure, and tint. If you’re not satisfied with the overall quality of your image, I suggest you try this option first. An Undo and Redo button is located on the top right corner if you want to undo or redo the last action.

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In addition to Auto-Fix, there are four more tabs on top of the photo editor screen. These are: Basic Edits, Effects, Decorate and Text. To know more about each feature, you can click on the question mark found on the right side of a control button.

Basic Edits allows you to crop, rotate, resize or sharpen an image. Other options like Exposure and Colors have automated features, just like Auto-Fix.

Each of these options expand to show added controls for using the feature. When you’ve adjusted the right tweak for your image, click Apply.

The Effects tab includes a selection of filters, some exclusive to Google +, while some are seen in other photo-editing tools. These filters can be applied as is, or you can use the sliders to adjust the intensity of the filter and allow more of the original image to show through.

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The Decorate tab allows you to add graphics to your image, including doodles, speech bubbles, and other elements that add a bit of humor and personality to your image. Choose from a wide collection of graphics and drag and drop them to your image.

The last tab is used to add text to a photo or image. A box on the top left corner is provided for typing in the text, while a list of fonts are listed below. Type the text, choose a font, then click the Add button below the text field. You should see the text box within the image. Click on the box to bring up the Text Properties window which gives you more options such as color, alignment and font style.

If you happen to be browsing your photos in Google + and need a quick fix for some of them, then this option is the perfect solution. Creative Kit has all the basic functions to edit photos in Google Plus. In addition to its accessibility, it has a simple and elegant interface that’s easy to learn and manage, so editing your photos shouldn’t be a tedious task.

How do you edit photos in Google Plus? Do you have a tool to do it in the app or browser or do you use a different method? Let us know in the comments area below.

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What Does “All Access” Add To Google Music?http://www.maketecheasier.com/what-does-all-access-add-to-google-music/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/what-does-all-access-add-to-google-music/#respond Sat, 25 May 2013 14:50:37 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=73256 Google introduce Google Music All Access during this year's Google I/O. What did it really add to your existing Google Music? Let's find out.

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AllAccess-Radio-smallGoogle didn’t introduce many new products for consumers during this year’s Google I/O. Sure, they unveiled improved search functionality and and a revamped Google Maps, but these didn’t stir nearly the excitement that Google Glass, the Nexus 7, and new versions of Android did at prior events. This year, Google returned the focus of its conference back to developers. But the conference wasn’t entirely without consumer-related flair. The search giant introduced Google Music All Access, it’s answer to the streaming music trend changing the music landscape.

All Access is an expansion of Google Music that introduces streaming radio. Subscribers can select any song in their music collection and start a radio station. Google will pull in songs from outside of a user’s personal collection, effectively replicating what people have come to expect from services like Pandora. Listeners can then add any song or album that they like to their personal collection. In this way, All Access is a great means of both discovering new music and artificially inflating the size of your music collection. Anyone who cancels their subscription loses access to all of the songs they added to their library through the service.

All Access Radio Feature

All Access exists alongside the Google Play music store, which people can still buy music from. With the addition of All Access, music aficionados can listen to or acquire music in whatever manner they prefer. People can upload music to Google Music simply as a means of backing up their songs without ever buying music through the service. Others can use the service as a way to carry their music with them on their phones and occasionally buy new albums through the store yet have zero interest in paying for access to music that they don’t own. Then there are those who have grown accustomed to streaming music services and aren’t concerned about owning music, but like the convenience that comes with using Play Music on their Android devices.

The music industry has changed substantially over the past decade. People first transitioned from using portable CD players to lightweight MP3 players. They started ripping songs off their physical collection of albums and storing them digitally on their PCs. Then consumers began to purchase digital tracks directly. The iPod and iTunes dominated the industry until smartphones entered the market in mass. People began to leave their MP3 players at home and carried music on their phones.

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At this time, music still had to be transferred by plugging smartphones into PCs. Services like Pandora debuted and curbed many people off building and managing their own music collections. Spotify popped up and gave streamers even more control, allowing them to take any song they heard and add it to their own personal collection. All Access goes even further by replicating the look and feel of a personal library of music. Google is aware of the changing musical landscape and has created a product for both owners and streamers alike.

Multiple Devices

Consumers now own desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Their homes are increasingly filled with devices, and they no longer want to bother copying files across to each new device. For many, managing digital files has just become too much of a hassle. That is why Play Music is accessible across all of these devices. Someone who has uploaded music to Google Music or has paid for All Access can stream music through their browser on any computer. They can listen to music on their tablets and smartphones, even choosing to have offline access to songs so they can listen to music on to go without incurring excess data charges. All Access is like having access to your favorite albums and favorite stations wherever you are and on whatever device you have nearby.

All Access has different origins than its competitors. Google Music began as a means of uploading a personal collection and streaming it anywhere. The Play Store came later, hoping to replicate the ease-of-use for Android users that iOS users have buying music through iTunes. All Access is an extension to a pre-existing service, not a new product all its own. It integrates deeply both with Google Music and the Play Store, which is why it’s nigh impossible to talk about it on its own. A subscription to All Access will cost $9.99 a month, but people who commit before June 30 can get the service for just $7.99. I suspect that there are many people who hadn’t been tempted by the streaming music bandwagon before but are about to jump on board now. I’m one of them.

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Gmail Shortcuts Cheat Sheet to Boost Your Productivityhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/gmail-shortcuts-cheat-sheet/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/gmail-shortcuts-cheat-sheet/#comments Fri, 24 May 2013 17:25:27 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=73182 Gmail comes with plenty of keyboard shortcuts that allow you to be more productive. Use this Gmail shortcuts cheat sheet as a guide to master the keyboard shortcuts. In no time, you will become a master of Gmail.

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gmail-shortcuts-cheatsheetA few days back, we shared with our readers some handy Google Chrome shortcuts in order to improve the productivity of our readers. This Gmail shortcuts cheat sheet could be useful to you as well, as it can boost the productivity of Gmail users. For example, pressing “C” will open the compose window or pressing “G” followed by “S” will take you to the Starred mail options.

It’s always a good idea to learn shortcut key combinations to functions you use on a regular basis. But before you start memorizing this Gmail shortcuts cheat sheet, make sure you have enabled Gmail shortcuts in your email settings. If you haven’t, follow the steps below.

Click on the wheel icon and go to Settings.

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Under the General tab, locate Keyboard shortcuts and turn them on.

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Note: the following keyboard shorcuts are not case-sensitive

Shortcut Key
Function
CCompose email
Shift + CCompose Email in a new window
Enter / 0Open email
/Moves to Search box
UReturn to Conversation list
JMoves the selection to most recent emails / scrolls down
KMove the cursor to next conversation / scroll up
MMute conversation, archives conversation and all future messages skip inbox
NMoves to Next Message (applicable in Conversation View only)
PMoves cursor to previous message (applicable in Conversation View)
XChecks any conversation
E or YMoves any checked conversation to archive
+Mark conversation as important
-Mark conversation as not important
!Report spam
CTRL + SSave draft
#Move conversation to trash
VMove conversation to different folder
SAdds a star to any email / Starred Mail
Shift + 1Marks message as spam
RReply to sender
Shift + RReplied to message in a new window
AReplies to all sender
Shift + AReplies to all senders in a new window
FForward message
Shift + FForward message in a new window
Shift + 3Moves an email to trash
LOpens Label menu to label any email
Shift + IMarks message as read
Shift + UMarks message as unread
Shift + NUpdates current conversation window if there are new messages
QMoves cursor to chat search box
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. Or ,Opens more menu
CTRL + Shift + cAdd CC recipients
CTRL + Shift + bAdd BCC recipients
ZUndo last action
Tab then Enter or CTRL + EnterSends email after composing
Y then OArchives conversation you are reading and moves to next one
G then AOpen All Mail folder
G then SOpen Starred folder
G then COpen Contacts
G then DOpen Drafts
G then LMoves cursor to search box with Label operator
G then IReturn to Inbox
G then TMove to Sent Mail
* then ASelect All Mails
* then USelect all unread mails
* then RSelect all read mails
* then NDeselect all mails
* then TSelect all unstarred mails
* then SSelect all starred mails

It might take some time to get used to all the shortcuts, but I suggest that you try to remember the ones you can use on a regular basis first. Then over time, this Gmail shortcuts cheat sheet will end up saving you a considerable amount of time while checking emails.

Can’t get enough of this? We have prepared a downloadable cheat sheet for you so you can access to it when you need it.

Download it here!

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