Nearly a year ago, I shared a #EduGIF–and post–about how to change your default font in Google Docs. Every time I tweet this GIF, people go bonkers celebrating their newfound ability to make their favorite font their default. It got me wondering… what fonts are more popular than others? Well, let’s find out! Tell me: what’s your favorite font? And after your answer, you’ll get to see the top 15 fonts!
Canned Response Filter
In a separate post, I shared my love of Canned Responses in Gmail. What’s better than being able to save time by clicking on a “canned response” to send it out? Having your gmail do it for you! That’s right – if you always send the same response to messages containing the exact same phrase or from the exact same sender, then you can create a Filter that automatically replies with one of your canned responses. Super cool.
Tip: you may want to also select to archive the message, if you’d like it to also disappear from your inbox after the canned response is sent.
Step-by-step instructions are after the GIF.
Canned Responses in GMail
I am efficiency-obsessed. Anytime I can make something that I do in my job more efficient without compromising quality, I am in. Involve something Google-y in that and I’m not just in, I am psyched.
Canned Responses meets that criteria. It allows you to save certain email text (typically for replies) that you send regularly. You can then insert those messages when needed, make minor edits for personalization if needed, and send them out. Awesome sauce.
The only flaw is the menu – you have to be really careful to not accidentally overwrite your saved canned responses by clicking in the wrong spot (insert vs. save vs. new). But I can live with that!
Check out a GIF of Canned Responses after these brief setup instructions.
- Click the gear in the top-right corner of your Gmail window.
- Click Settings
- Click Labs
- Navigate to Canned Responses in the list.
- Click Enable, then save.
Deleting Larger Files from your Mac
Is your Mac running out of space? Do you need a quick solution?
When you don’t have time to go through all of your folders and files to cleanup, a good, quick solution is deleting your larger files. The process for doing this in the GIF below, or in the steps below the GIF.
- Open Finder.
- Go to Finder>Preferences.
- Make sure “All My Files” is checked.
- Go to “All My Files” in your Finder menu.
- The files are now sorted with the largest at the top. Go through these files and identify things you can delete. Drag them to your Trash.
- Don’t forget to empty your trash!
Clear your Cache & Cookies
It’s important that you clear your browsers cache and cookies regularly. Doing it daily isn’t necessary, but doing it monthly (or even more regularly) would be wise.
In layman’s terms, cache and cookies are like little pieces of the websites that you visit. In the short term, they help you load that site faster when you visit it next. In the long term, however, as the sites change, the cache & cookies start clogging up processes (often because they are no longer part of the sites that you visit). Clearing them will help your browser run more smoothly!
Here’s how to do it in Google Chrome:
Note: it was really hard to make it through this post without using a lame pun with the words cache or cookie. In fact, I think that my self-restraint earned me a cookie…. oops.
Which URL Shortener is best?
When at conferences and other learning events, I see lots of people using a variety of different URL Shorteners and QR Code creators. I started to wonder… which is the best? Here’s a chart to help you decide… Continue reading Which URL Shortener is best?
Chromebook Management ideas from @MrGrifftastic
In the episode below of The Chromebook Classroom Podcast, John Sowash interviewed Eric Griffith. Eric had some really great insights for going 1:1 with Chromebooks. Here are a few of my favorite things that are different from what we currently do at my school . . . but may consider adopting in the future: Continue reading Chromebook Management ideas from @MrGrifftastic