Creating Shortcuts to Google’s Gmail, Docs, Tasks, Calendar and Contacts

As you can probably tell, I am a big Gmail user and have come to depend on Google’s Gmail and many of the other Google apps as an online personal information manager.

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When you launch Gmail there are other services available to you such as Google Docs, Tasks, Calendar and Contacts.  Yes, you can launch these services from within Gmail; however, I want to show you the shortcut paths to the Google Apps that I use that will allow you to launch these apps individually, at the click of mouse. You must have a Google Account (which is FREE) to access and use these online apps.

Before I go any further, there are two things I want to point out that I consider most important:

One, since I have come to depend on Google’s services, I routinely change the password to my Google account every month; plus, I use Google’s double verification login.

Two, I routinely backup any the data I am storing online with the services I use; especially, my personal contacts and my Google Docs.

Ok, now that this is off the plate, let me give you the shortcut paths to the Google services that I use. These shortcuts can be stored in your browser favorites, can be stored on the browser toolbar, can be made shortcuts on your desktop or used with any type of menu launcher. In my case, I launch the individual Google services I use with another online service called Symbaloo.

Specifically, I use Google’s Gmail, Docs, Tasks, Calendar and Contacts. I have also included the path to your Google Account Settings. The shortcut paths, that you would type into the browser address bar to launch each of these apps are:

Google’s Gmail  – https://mail.google.com

Google Docs – https://docs.google.com

Google Tasks – https://mail.google.com/tasks/canvas

Google Calendar – https://www.google.com/calendar

Google Contacts – https://www.google.com/contacts

Google Account Settings – https://plus.google.com/settings/

What I have found, by using these shortcut paths, I can individualize each of these apps to give the feel of a true personal information manager that makes managing my life events more efficient.

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    1. John,

      An option you may want to consider is to go into the Google Chrome Settings, and in the section labelled “Startup”, and select “Open a specific page or set of pages”. There you can or could add the URL’s to google email, calendar and contacts.

      Rick

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