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Gmail’s New Features

Gmail now has some new features in their inbox that are available from a computer or laptop. This new Gmail has a new look that adds some quick features that were hidden under Google’s Apps Menu.  This new feature isn’t automatically added, however.  The user has to change the settings themselves.

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After signing into Gmail, look for the gear box in the upper right hand corner, and click on the arrow. Next, click on the words: Try the new Gmail.

Google will ask to choose a view: Default, Comfortable or Compact. Once configured, a right sidebar will appear that shows:

  1. Calendar
  2. Keep (Notes)
  3. Tasks
  4. + (Add Add-ons). Add-ons are tools that can be used to add more features to Gmail and Google Drive.  Items like SignRequest or QuickBooks for Gmail are 2 examples.

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Conversion with Google

I can’t remember if I ever mentioned this before, but in college, I majored in English and music. While I hate to be a stereotype, I have to admit that, as you might suspect, I’m pretty terrible at math. Luckily, I live in the age of the Internet, so I can cheat on math and I don’t need to remember basic measurement conversions. Google, in fact, makes it embarrassingly easy for me to be terrible at knowing 2 + 2 = 4 and that there are 4 whole quarts in a gallon.

And you, too, can be awful at numbers. Just go to Google.com and type in unit converter to get this handy dandy set of dropdown menus.

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The double arrow at the end of Length opens a menu when I can select what kind of measurement I wish to convert. Now, in addition to not having much aptitude for math, I’m also kind of a disaster in the kitchen, so Volume is one I find myself picking often.

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Once I’ve indicated that I want to convert one measure of Volume into another, I simply need to pick my specific units from the dropdown menus on either side of the equal sign and type the number of units in the first box that I want Google to convert, which will show up in the second box. So let’s imagine I have a recipe that calls for a pint of broth. I have a 16 ounce can of broth. Is that how much I need?

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Well, what do you know—it is! And my dinner, yet again, is saved by Google.

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Shelia