7 Gmail plugins to boost your productivity

  Today I’ll be giving a short overview of my seven favorite Gmail plugins. I’ll be featuring an array of very useful tools to help you up your productivity by automating certain tasks, streamlining your user experience through simplifying your inbox, and gaining better control of several aspects of Gmail using utilitarian inbox plugins.   Unroll.me: (Outlook, Gmail, Google Apps, Yahoo! Mail, AOL Mail and iCloud) Unroll.me shines in its simplicity and ease of use. Once installed it automatically populates a list of all your subscriptions. For every entry you have three options; keep in inbox, unsubscribe or add to Rollup. The first two options keep in inbox and unsubscribe are pretty straightforward. Rollup is a feature where any subscriptions you add to rollup are then hidden from your inbox. Then presented to you in a news feed/social media feeling format daily.   Gmail snooze: (Chrome only) Snooze is a great little plugin that allows you to “snooze” emails so they disappear for a set amount of time and then remind you when the snooze period has ended. It’s a simple idea but also a powerful tool in your productivity kit. Snoozing less urgent mail will allow you to focus on what’s important without forgetting to respond to less urgent matters.     Rapportive: (Chrome, Firefox, Google Apps) Rapportive dredges the internet for information on your Gmail contacts. Once installed simply open an email from any contact and all sorts of information about them will instantly load on the side bar. This will show you different social media accounts they are connected to, as well as pictures and a...

7 Gmail Productivity Apps and Plugins

Evette

Evette

Passionate Information Technology Customer Support Specialist Student at Milwaukee Area Technical College
Motivated and determined Information Technology Customer Support student with an anticipated graduation date of Spring 2018.
Evette
Remember when it was exciting to receive an email?  Today, this is not the case.  Even though emails remain a top form of communication, it is easy to become overwhelmed with spam, social media alerts, news of blogs, email marketing, and a variety of other distractions.  It is time to get your email organized.  Gmail is the most common and favorite email services (if you have not notice, that’s the one MATC uses in connection with your student account, i.e. doejj@gmatc.matc.edu)  Many of us complain that our inboxes are too full and that responding to email is too time-consuming, but several tools are available that will streamline your email experience.  Here is a list of 7 plugin which will make your inbox a friendlier place to visit: BOOMERANG.  With Boomerang, you can compose emails on Saturday night and let the app send it out Monday morning–or whenever else you desire. This is also a great tool if you have contacts in different time zones, because you can make sure your email is sent at a time that’s most convenient for them. Boomerang also has an option that reminds you to follow up if you don’t hear back from the recipient within a designated amount of time. The app works with Gmail and Outlook. MXHERO.  mxHero a lets you know if your email was opened, tracks which links are clicked, and allows you to see if attachments were viewed. Plus you can schedule message sending. FOLLOWUP.CC.  If you’re anything like me, you receive thousands of emails every month. For this reason, it’s not always easy to remain organized and ensure...

How To Use Google Hangout to host online meetings

 Google Hangouts is a communication platform developed by Google which includes instant messaging, video chat, SMS and VOIP features. It replaces three messaging products that Google had implemented concurrently within its services, including Google Talk, Google+ Messenger, and Hangouts, a video chat system present within Google+. Google has also stated that Hangouts is designed to be “the future” of its telephony product, Google Voice, and integrated some of the capabilities of Google Voice into Hangouts. Users can be messaged by their Google+ accounts. Get started with Hangouts You can use Hangouts to: Start a chat conversation or video call. Make phone calls using Wi-Fi or data. Send text messages with your Google Voice or Project Fi phone number. Hangouts sync automatically across devices. If you start a Hangout on your computer, you can continue your chat on another device, like your phone. Here is a link on how google hangouts works: What you need to use Hangouts A Google Account. A computer or phone with a camera and microphone. Learn how to use your camara and microphone when you start a video call for the first time. An internet or data connection. Start a video call You can connect with family, friends, or coworkers through face-to-face video calls. You can add up to 9  people in a Hangouts video call. Before you start your first video call Check the system requirements for Hangouts. Connect a camera, microphone, and speakers to your computer. Make sure they have the latest software. When asked to use your computer’s camera and microphone, click Allow. Download and install the latest version of the Hangouts plugin for Internet Explorer, Firefox,...

How to share files using Google Drive

You can share files and folders that you store in Google Drive with anyone. The people you share with always see the most updated file and you can control whether they can edit, comment on, or only view the file. Here is a step by step on how you can share files with others. 1.  First you start by going to your Google account and click in the right upper corner that has a little square. Next, there will be a drop menu and you will need to click on the app that says Drive it looks like a colored triangle. Just like the screen print below. 2. Second step is you should see the Google Drive page. Just like the screen print below. Once the page shows up you will then need to click in the upper left corner and click New if your trying to add a new file or you can see if your file shows up on the home scree of Google Drive. 3. The third step is you will need to find the file you want to share. By doing that you can click on the file and right click; then wait for a menu to drop down and click share. 4. The last step is after you click share you should see the screen as shown below in screen print and once you see that. Then under “People” type the email address or Google Group you want to share with. To choose what someone can do with your file, click  the Down arrow. After that you can finally click send and an email...

How to share information in online meeting for Google Hangout

  1.  You can share and present a document, presentation, or spreadsheet during a meeting, even if you are not in the same place. First you need to sign in to your Gmail account and go to the upper right hand corner and click on the little square. Once you click that there should be a list of google apps. Next. you will then need to click Google Drive.   2. Once you click the Google drive icon, next you need to go to the upper left hand corner and click New, after that a list should pop down and you will need to click Google Docs or open the file you want to share or present.   3. This is optional, if you need to edit a document with your guest. You will need go go to the upper right corner and click share. Next, add a title to your document and click share. As shown below in screen print. Then, you can add your meeting guests and give everyone (can edit access). Last, you can click send. 4. The last thing you will need to do is open Hangouts Meet and join the meeting. Next, you will then need to click Present and choose what to share. After that you can finally click share. Now people can follow along as you present. To stop sharing your screen at any time, click stop sharing.  ...