10 awesome Google tricks you missed

Think you’re a Google master? Think again, and check out these 10 tricks that make working with Google’s services even better

By Keir Thomas, PC World |  On-demand Software, gmail, Google

7. Test Your YouTube Connection

Has YouTube been stuttering, or just a little slow? By right-clicking any video and selecting Take Speed Test or just visiting this speed-test link , you can compare your playback speed to others who use your ISP, as well as comparing it to the average speed for your city, and country. By clicking the Show Video Test link, you can measure your speed. Just look at the HTTP section in the information window at the top left of the video display to see how quickly you're receiving the video file.

8. Drag and Drop

If you're using Firefox or Google Chrome to access Google's services, you can often drag and drop files onto the browser window if the Google product is one that works with files.

For example, when creating a mail message, you can simply drag and drop files onto the browser window to instantly attach them (you'll need to "drop" them over the green Drop Files Here area). If creating a word processor document in Google Docs, you can drag and drop pictures into the browser window to place them on the page.

This doesn't work with Internet Explorer, unfortunately.

9. See if Google Services Are Working

Ever tried to access one of Google's services but you've been unable to? If you're like me, the first think you'll do is ask any colleagues nearby whether they can access the service. Well, no more. By visiting the Google Apps Status page you can see at a glance whether there are any problems, and if so, what the nature of the problem is.

10. Collaborate on Documents within Microsoft Office

If you're not quite ready to take the plunge into working with Google Docs through your Web browser, you can download the Google Cloud Connect plugin for Microsoft Office, which is now freely available after a long period of testing. This allows more than one person to work on a Microsoft Office file that's been uploaded to somebody's Google Docs space. Any edits made by others are instantly reflected within the document, all within the standard Microsoft Office program window, and you have the added benefit that files are stored in Google's cloud and revisions tracked.

Keir Thomas has been making known his opinion about computing matters since the last century, and more recently has written several best-selling books. You can learn more about him at http://keirthomas.com. His Twitter feed is @keirthomas.


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