Category Archives: Google tips

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.


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.



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 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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