Author: Kim Murry

Formatting Comments in Google Docs

Have you ever wanted to format your comments in Google Docs to get your point across and make it clearer?  

If so, I have great news!  You can bold, italicize and strikethrough text in a Google Doc comment with a couple easy keystrokes.

For bold text:

Add an asterisk on both sides of the word or sentence you wish to bold  

*BOLD*

After clicking comment, the text will appear like this:
For italicized text:

Add an underscore on both sides of the text or sentence you wish to italicize

 _italicize_

After clicking comment, the text will appear like this:
For Strikethrough text:

Add a hyphen on both sides of the text or sentence you wish to strikethrough  

-strikethrough-

After clicking comment, the text will appear like this:
For All Three

Place an asterisk, hyphen and underscore on both sides of the text or sentence, making sure each side mirrors the other.

After clicking comment, the text will appear like this:

In addition, these tricks also work in Sheets and Slides (and anywhere else that you can use Google’s commenting system).

Keyboard Shortcuts for YouTube

Incorporating YouTube videos into your lesson plans is a simple and interesting way to enhance student engagement and promote class discussion. However, navigating with a mouse or track pad by pointing and clicking can be tricky and slow.

Guess what! There are keyboard shortcuts that make it easier and faster to navigate any video on YouTube. You can use keyboard shortcuts to easily fast forward a YouTube video, mute, turn on or off closed captions and a lot more.

Keyboard Shortcut Function
f Enter or exit full screen
k  or Spacebar Toggle play/pause the video
c Turn on/off closed captions
+ Increase cc font size
Decrease cc font size
j Move backward 10 seconds
l Move forward 10 seconds
← (Arrow left key) Move backward 5 seconds
→ (Arrow right key) Move forward 5 seconds
m Mute/unmute volume
↑(Arrow up key) Increase volume 5%
↓(Arrow down key) Decrease volume 5%
Number keys (1, 2, 3…) Skip to a particular section of the video

(e.g. 1=10%, 5=50% or video midpoint, 9=90%)

Shift > Speed up a video
Shift < Slow down a video to watch in slo-mo
0 / Home key Return to beginning of video
End (for MAC fn ▶) Go to end of video

It’s Here! Checkboxes for Google Sheets!

Google recently launched this new feature in April 2018 which makes it very easy to insert checkboxes in Google Sheets, and allow us to use Google sheets as tasks lists. Use checkboxes for many purposes like to take attendance, track a project, and check off your to-do list.

Let’s take a look:

Open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets.  If you are using a spreadsheet from a Google Form you will need to insert a column for your checkboxes.  Click Insert > Column left

Highlight the range of cells or the column for where you want the checkboxes. In the top menu, click Insert > Checkbox read more

Oops! I didn’t mean to send that email

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We’ve all done it! Whether it was replying to all, sending a message to the wrong person or forgetting to attach a file, we’ve all sent an email we’ve regretted. The minute you hit send, the horror begins to ripple through your body and you begin to squirm with embarrassment. You’ve got to face the facts here – you can’t just bury your head in the sand!

Fortunately, GMail offers a way to snatch back those messages before they do their damage. The Undo Send in Gmail, which can be found on the Settings page, gives us all the break we so desperately need. read more

New Google Docs update lets you convert text to uppercase and lowercase quickly and easily

Capitalizing a significant amount of text can be tedious and converting all caps to lowercase equally laborious. Good news! Google released a new update for Google Docs that allows users to easily select a portion of text and then modify text by choosing between UPPERCASE, lowercase, and Title Case.

To access the new feature, users need to navigate to the Format menu and then go to Capitalization. From here, users can choose UPPERCASE, lowercase, and Title Case (capitalize the first letter of each word in your selection.) read more

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