7 Gmail Plugins for Productivity

Unroll.me – Unroll.me is designed to prevent emails revived from annoying promotions, social media updates, deals from filling up your inbox. It works by scanning your inbox and allowing you to choose which emails that you want to block, and it will block emails from those specific senders to appear in your inbox. This may help create a more focused and less distracting inbox that may be easier to manage. Signals (Chrome) – Signals allows you to see: if the recipient of your email has opened it, when they opened it, how often they opened it, what links they clicked on, and more. This plugin does not alert the recipient that the email being tracked. Signals also allows for you to schedule emails to send at a specific time. Cloud Attach for Gmail (Chrome) – Cloud Attach for Gmail allows for you to attached files to an email directly out of your cloud storage provider. It supports many different platforms such as: Google Drive, Drop Box, One Drive, Box, GitHub, and more. Files are directly attached without leaving the Gmail web page. This plugin is extremely useful for those who do not wish to download files from their cloud provider and then attach them, it completely eliminates that step altogether. MxHero (Chrome) – MxHero sends an email that will destroy itself after a period of time. It informs you if the email was opened and shows you additional tacking information like what links were clicked or what attachments were accessed. This is good for people who want to make sure that their email won’t be seen by anyone other...

7 Gmail Productivity Plugins

Managing email can be tough to handle when they are flooding your inbox throughout the week. Forgetting about certain emails and important messages can be common problem with the way email is handled. Luckily there are certain tools that have been made to help Gmail improve with these types of problems and tools that you would not even think of to benefit from. Here are 7 Gmail productivity plugins to help you handle email more efficiently. Bananatag Waiting for a reply to an email can be frustrating especially because you do not know it the recipient read the message. Bananatag solves this problem with email tracking which shows you if the email you sent was opened and by how many people. This saves time since there would be no need to send follow up emails making sure people read or have seen your email. The tracking can also detect if the recipient clicked on the links inside your email. This tool helps improve email engagements and lets you see what contacts are really reading your emails. Bananatag includes other features such as scheduling emails, scheduling recurring emails, and email templates. SecureGmail Security is essential for any information that is shared online including email. SecureGmail encrypts and decrypts all emails sent through Gmail using symmetric encryption. The email gets sent straight to the recipient and doesn’t go through Googles servers. This tool is opensource which means everyone can see exactly how the app works and can confirm that it is safe to use. Boomerang This tool can help you schedule emails for a later date and helps you remember those...

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

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...