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Google Tool Thursday

google appsApps, extensions, add-ons, yikes!

There are so many Google tools to choose from – where do I even begin?

Just like adding apps to your smart phone, there are a ton of options – some great, some not so much.  How do you decide what to use?

I can help with that!  Each Thursday, I will highlight a Google tool that you might find useful.  When you see something that looks interesting, give it a try!

Here’s a quick rundown of the different types of Google tools:

What are Google Chrome Extensions?

Extensions add on to your Google Chrome browser and provide additional functionality.   They are designed to make tasks easier, more visible, more interesting and save you time!

How do I add extensions?

For extensions to save, you have to log in the the Chrome browser.  Click here for help on logging in. The login button is in the upper right-hand corner and will either have your name or will be a person icon. Extensions can be added from the Chrome Web Storehere’s how.

What are Google Apps?

Google Apps are simply web applications.  The basic ones are Docs, Sheets, Slides, Mail, and Calendar, but there are many more that you can add into your Google drive.  Just like the apps you add to your phone, these are created by all different companies.

How do I add Google Apps?

You add apps directly to Google Drive.  Check out this tutorial for step by step directions.

What are Google Add-ons?

Add-ons are tools built by third-party developers for Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms.  They add additional functionality that isn’t built into those apps.

How do I install add-ons?

Add-ons are app specific (some are for docs, others are for sheets), and you add them from the menu of an open doc or sheet.  Take a look at this help documentation for step by step instructions.

There’s the run-down!  Watch for a featured tool next Thursday!