Google Chrome Extension: AddToAny – The Universal Way To Share Links

AddToAny is one of my most used Google Chrome browser extensions and actually has saved me from installing the extensions for other services (which saves memory) where I need to connect to and post links (or articles). AddToAny is similar to the sharing utility that you use on your smartphone.

What does AddToAny do?  AddToAny is a universal share button that makes it easy and fast to share links to anyone anywhere using Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn, WhatsApp, Pinterest, Gmail, email, and many more sharing and social media services.

For example, if I want to send a link to a post to Facebook, I click on the AddToAny share button on the browser toolbar, select Facebook and it automatically connects to Facebook and initiates the post to Facebook.  AddToAny does the same for a multitude of other services, as well. You can select the services you desire to use and connect to by clicking on the “Options” selection on the AddToAny menu.

Features:

– AddToAny’s Universal Share Button & Smart Menu
– Personalized based on the services you probably already use
– AddToAny “More” button lets you instantly access any other service anytime
– Right-click to share from the context menu (optional)
– Share to multiple services quickly while keeping the share popup open:
– Just Ctrl+click or ⌘+click on a service, or
– Click the middle mouse button
– Large buttons with vector icons
– Perfectly crisp on high PPI screens such as Retina displays or the Chromebook family

Customizable:

– Customize the services that appear in the sharing menu
– Drag & drop to rearrange the order of services in the sharing menu
– Toggle AddToAny in your context menu
– Add a custom service to share to

Fast & Secure:

– Optimized to load instantly without slowing down Google Chrome
– Directs to the HTTPS version of sites for privacy on shared networks
– AddToAny doesn’t collect personal information

Source: Google Chrome Store – AddToAny

A lightweight extension to reduce Google Chrome’s memory footprint…

If you use Google Chrome, “The Great Suspender” (browser extension) will actually reduce your memory footprint by basically freezing or suspending tabs you have open after a prescribed amount of time. For example, I have “The Great Suspender” configured to suspend any open tabs I have active after a time period of 15 minutes. As a result, memory is freed up and the CPU becomes less taxed. To reactivate the suspended tab, simply click on the page to reload the page content.

You can download this highly rated app at the Google Chrome Store (see source link below).

Source: The Great Suspender – Chrome Web Store

A Really Great Bookmarks Manager For Google Chrome

If you use Google Chrome you probably know that to get to your bookmarks you have to jump through a few hoops to get there, which is not user-friendly in my opinion. I have been exploring many bookmark managers and I am currently working with one that is a Google Chrome browser extension called “Popup my Bookmarks”. What I like about this bookmarks manager is that you continue to save your bookmarks in Google Chrome, as you always have by clicking on the “star” to the right of the web address; but, instead of going the traditional route of getting to your bookmarks you simply mouse click on the “Popup my Bookmarks” icon on the toolbar. At this point, your bookmarks list and folders are readily available with built-in options to perform bookmark management tasks (such as deleting bookmarks, moving bookmarks and creating folders). “Popup my Bookmarks” is also customizable. “Popup my Bookmarks” is available at the Google Chrome Store (see source link below).

Source: Google Chrome Store – Popup my Bookmarks

How to install and uninstall extensions in Chrome | Addictive Tips

If you are a Google Chrome browser user, you need to read this article at Addictive Tips (see source link below) on how to install and uninstall extensions. Many folks I know and have helped at home have no idea what a browser extension is. Browser extensions are, in my words, add-ons that you can install that will enhance your computing experience when using your web browser. Most extensions (or add-ons) will show up on the toolbar at the top of your browser. For example, I have an extension installed where I click on an icon on the toolbar and can easily read my incoming email. There are many, many extensions to choose… Right now I have approximately 30 different extensions installed. These extensions, for Google Chrome, can be acquired (for FREE) at the Google Chrome Store.

add to chrome

 

If you’ve never tried an extension out, or you don’t know where to get started, you’ll be surprised to know how easy it is to install and uninstall extensions in Chrome.

Source: How to install and uninstall extensions in Chrome

Notes for Google Drive – Chrome Web Store

Notes for Google Drive is a Google Chrome browser extension that allows you to easily create notes from within Chrome that are automatically synced as Documents to your Google Drive account.

* automatically saves to Google Drive as soon as you start typing

* drag and drop reordering of notes

* quick access buttons for opening and editing in Google Drive

* does not require you to be signed into Chrome. This is perfect for when you want to access your notes on work and non-personal computers.

Source: Notes for Google Drive – Chrome Web Store

“App Launcher Customizer” for Google Chrome

“App Launcher Customizer” is a Google Chrome browser extension that allows you to customize the launcher and add more than 250 Google shortcuts. I bet you didn’t know that Google had that many shortcuts, but they do.

The real killer part of this launcher is that the extension also allows you to create your own custom shortcuts to any website that you want. You can get this Chrome extension at the Chrome Web Store (see source link below).

Source: App Launcher Customizer for Google™ – Chrome Web Store

Here is “How to use picture-in-picture mode in Chrome 70”

Chrome version 70 is required in order for this feature to work. You can get the full details by clicking on the source link below.

Whether the feature works depends entirely on whether the owner of a site has enabled it, so you won’t be able to use PiP with every video you encounter. It does work on YouTube, however, and this is a great place to test it out. Find a video and start it playing. Right click on the video window and the YouTube menu will appear. Right click again and the Chrome context menu will appear. Select the Picture in Picture option and you’re good to go.

Source: How to use picture-in-picture mode in Chrome 70

This is interesting… Chrome may soon add a feature that will speed up the entire internet – BGR

Google Chrome working on a new feature that may speed things up, even more…

In reality, every major web browser out there right now is about the same right now, all things considered. Sure they look different and offer slightly different features at times, but they all offer impressive performance and the same basic design. That may soon change, however, because Google is working on a new feature for its Chrome web browser that could be a game-changer for users. In fact, with one single feature Google might manage to speed up the entire internet for Chrome users.

Source: Chrome may soon add a feature that will speed up the entire internet – BGR

A Google Chrome Browser Extension That Will Help you Quickly Delete Years of Facebook Posts 

If you are a Facebook junkie and also use the Google Chrome Browser take a look at the Social Book Post Manager that is featured on Lifehacker…

Called Social Book Post Manager, the extension allows you to delete all your posts on the social network before a specific date, or specify the types of posts you’d like to delete through word search. For instance, you can search for posts that contain the name of your ex, or “weed.”

Source: Quickly Delete Years of Facebook Posts With This Chrome Extension

If You Love Baseball, Get Baseball Dash – Baseball MLB New Tab Page – Chrome Web Store

If you love Baseball and use the Google Chrome browser, I highly recommend “Baseball Dash”. The developer of “Baseball Dash” had contacted me to take a look at “Baseball Dash” and I have to say, I am very, very impressed.  You will not be disappointed…

“Baseball Dash”, after installed, will appear when you open a new browser tab. The first time I opened it I was prompted for my name and then my favorite Baseball Team. In my case, it was the Baltimore Orioles (not doing so good this year). Now when I open a new tab I get beautiful wallpaper background  (related to my team), a search box, the current weather, the time, the ability to buy tickets, current news on my Orioles, and a baseball schedule.  It doesn’t get any better than that; but, it does. I nearly missed this. On the left side of the page you will see “Links”. You can add your own links, which makes it convenient to load your favorite websites. To modify some of the settings, such as changing the search provider or turning on/off the weather or clock, you will find a “gear icon” in the bottom left corner. In the end, “Baseball Dash”, in my opinion, is one of those hidden gems on the internet that I just love coming across.

To get the full drift of what “Baseball Dash” is all about, click on the image below to see a screenshot of my computer screen.  Also, if interested in “Baseball Dash”, the source link is below. I highly recommend it…

Source: Baseball Dash – Baseball MLB New Tab Page – Chrome Web Store

Chrome OS 67 Makes Web Apps Feel Like Desktop Apps on Chromebooks | Digital Trends

Still learning more about “Progressive Web Apps” on my Chromebook, with the release of Chrome OS 67… Posting this to let you know that this feature is there and now available…

Google Pixelbook android apps

After having brought support for running Android apps on Chromebooks, Google just launched  Chrome OS 67 with support for even more apps. With the release of Chrome OS 67, Progressive Web Apps, or PWAs, can now be installed as stand-alone apps, Google noted on its blog.

Source: Chrome OS 67 Makes Web Apps Feel Like Desktop Apps on Chromebooks | Digital Trends

Check Out The Free Google Chrome Apps You Need Now

Some Google Chrome Apps to check out… Click on link below.

What really sets Chrome apart from other browsers, however, are the super useful apps you can supplement it with. There are a ton of Chrome apps that will make your life in the digital space much less of a hassle. They can help you block ads, stay focused, edit photos, manage projects, collaborate with teammates, and more.


http://www.complex.com/life/the-free-google-chrome-apps-you-need-now/

Explain and Send Screenshots by Jason Savard

“Explain and Send Screenshots” is a browser extension (new to me) that gives you the ability to capture screenshots and to record video of your screen. Once the capture is performed, you can write text, crop an image and perform other functions in the editor that is built in (such as insert arrows, lines, and circles to point things out). I especially like the option of uploading my own images into the editor; which, is an option you do not typically see in these type of browser extensions.

I am still playing around with this extension; however, I can tell you the developer is top notch, for which I encourage you to explore some of his other browser extensions (that in my opinion are the best out there).

Source: Explain and Send Screenshots – Jason Savard

Hunter – Find The People Behind A Website

Hunter is a Google Chrome browser extension lets you find the people behind a website and their email addresses. Five Star rating from over 10K users at the Google Chrome Store.

Get email addresses from any website: when you are on a website, click on Hunter’s button in your browser to get every email addresses we found related to the website.

Source: Hunter – Chrome Web Store

How To Scan Your Computer For Malware With Google Chrome

This is an interesting tidbit about Google Chrome’s ability to scan your Windows-based computer for malware. I tested this on a Google Chromebook and it would not launch; but, never the less, this is great. I encourage you to read and learn more about this by clicking on the source link below.

Google Chrome might be the most secure web browser around. What’s more, Chrome can actually make your whole computer more secure.

Open Chrome (or open a new tab if Chrome is already running) and type the following in to the address bar at the top: chrome://settings/cleanup.

Here’s what you should see when you do that:

Source: How To Scan Your Computer For Malware With Google Chrome

Take Webpage Screenshots Entirely (or by selection) – FireShot – Chrome Web Store

I’ve tried them all (Chrome Screenshot Browser Extensions)… This one (FireShot) is now under my review; and, so far, I really love it.

Here is why:

Take FULL webpage screenshots. Capture, edit and save them to PDF/JPEG/GIF/PNG, upload, print, send to OneNote, clipboard or email.

FireShot takes full web page screenshots. You can edit and annotate captures.

You can capture web pages entirely to PDF (with links) / JPEG / PNG files, print, or copy to clipboard. FireShot can work offline.

* NEW: send screenshots directly to Gmail.

“The Best Free Google Chrome Extension” by PCMAG.COM.

The screenshots are instant and produce no traffic.

### What you can do with FireShot:

✓ Capture full web pages entirely
✓ Capture only visible part of the page
✓ Capture selection
✓ Save screenshot to disk as PDF (with links), PNG, and JPEG
✓ Copy screenshot to clipboard
✓ Print screenshot

### A FREE upgrade is available. Activate it directly from the menu and:

✓ Capture specific elements, such as scrolling areas on web pages
✓ Capture all tabs in one click and save to single PDF
✓ Edit screenshot: crop, resize, add text and arrow annotations, blur areas and apply other effects
✓ Print
✓ Save screenshot to PDF files
✓ Save captures to disk as PDF, PNG, GIF, JPEG, BMP
✓ Send to OneNote (Pro version)
✓ Upload to Twitter, Google Picasa, Facebook, ImageShack, Flickr, EasyCaptures
✓ Copy screenshot to clipboard
✓ Print screenshot
✓ E-Mail
✓ Export to external editor


Source: Take Webpage Screenshots Entirely – FireShot – Chrome Web Store

How To Turn An Old PC Into A Chromebook (sort of)

Let’s face it, our notebook and desktop computers get old. Some die and some just keep chugging along; but, get very slow. If you are in this dilemma, don’t throw it away. You can take that old computer and turn it into something useful. A firm called Neverware has created a variant of the Chrome Operating System called CloudReady that can be installed to repurpose that old computer.

So, how do you go about this?

I found a great step-by-step article, “How to install Chromium OS and revive your old Windows PC” that will help walk you through the steps (see source link below)…

 Source: How to install Chromium OS and revive your old Windows PC – MSPoweruser 

Tips On Using The Touchpad On Your Chromebook

The touchpad on your Chromebook is more versatile than you realize. Below is a list of maneuvers you can perform for specific tasks. I especially like the one that simulates a “right mouse click” by tapping with two fingers.

Move the pointer Move your finger across the touchpad.

Click
 

Press or tap the lower half of the touchpad.


Right-click

Press or tap the touchpad with two fingers. You can also press Alt, then click with one finger.


Scroll

Place two fingers on the touchpad and move them up and down to scroll vertically, or left and right to scroll horizontally.


Move between pages

To go back to a page you were just on, swipe left with two fingers. To go forward to a page you were just on, swipe right with two fingers.


See all open windows

Swipe up or down with three fingers. If you have Australian scrolling turned on, swipe up. If you have traditional scrolling turned on, swipe down.


Close a tab
Point to the tab, then tap or click the touchpad with three fingers.

Open a link in a new tab
Point to the link, then tap or click the touchpad with three fingers.

Switch between tabs
If you have multiple browser tabs open, swipe left and right with three fingers.

Drag and drop

Using one finger, click and hold the item you want to move. Drag the item to its new spot, then release your finger.

Google Chrome Extension – Shortcuts for Google

This is a nice Google Chrome extension, called Shortcuts for Google, that gives you the ability to launch over 300 Google services (i.e. like Gmail, Maps, Calendar, Keep, etc…) directly from a button on the toolbar. What has sold me on this extension is that you can also add your own customized shortcuts, in addition to the services that are provided by Google; AND, any changes you make will sync and be the same should you change to another computer. Definitely is a great launcher to have that becomes part of your web browser. Also, a big help if you are a Chromebook user. 5 Star rating in the Google Chrome Store.

Display all Google™ services as buttons in a space-saving popup next to your address bar. Reach services like Gmail, Google Reader, Google Maps, Google Calendar, and many more in just two clicks from your browser. The extension includes nearly 300 Google services and websites.

Source: Google Chrome Store – Shortcuts for Google

iChrome – Customizable New Tab Page or Home Page Extension For Google Chrome

Since owning my Chromebook I have been experimenting with just about anything and everything I can get my hands on. My most recent discovery is a Google Chrome browser extension called iChrome. I currently have iChrome set to load when I open a new tab; however, it can also be configured to be used as your home page.

Why iChrome? Well, first off, it ties in nicely with my other Google apps by displaying (for example) my email, calendar, notes, drive, etc… in a nicely layed out customizable panel with the options to customize the background, as well. Displaying of these items is done through a widgets selection page. I especially like the widget for Facebook where I can browse Facebook and at the same time have view of my other widget panels such as my email, calendar, notes, drive, weather, stock market; PLUS, the widget panel I have setup to launch the Google apps I have installed. You can even set up additional tabbed pages.

iChrome is the best of the best, in my opinion, for creating that new tab page or home page. Kudos to the developer on making a very fine product that serves a very useful and productive purpose. The FREE version does contain an advertising bar that can be moved around and is not obtrusive at all.

iChrome includes nearly 50 widgets, thousands of stunning backgrounds, and powerful features including:

Dozens of widgets including: Weather, Sports, News, Stocks, RSS, Bookmarks, Gmail, Recently Closed Tabs, and more! Drag and drop customization on 1-5 columns or a grid! Fully featured voice search and “OK Google” hotword detection Buy Pro and get dark and transparent themes, live backgrounds, maximizable widgets, hourly weather forecasts, and more Navigate between an unlimited number of customizable tabs, each with their own widgets Work completely offline anytime, everything (even the backgrounds) is ready whenever you are! And hundreds more features! Install iChrome now and check them out!

iChrome is an open source project, check it out on Github

Source: iChrome

Close This Tab – Chrome Web Store

Today I would like to share with you a Google Chrome browser extension, called “Close This Tab”, that I highly recommend that serves a very useful purpose and will increase your productivity. What this extension does is allow you close a tab by going to a side of the screen and mouse clicking on a closer bar that will appear. When you go to the side of the screen you will see a colored bar appear which is a cue that you can mouse click to close the tab. “Close This Tab” is configurable in that you can designate which side of the screen you want to use as the hotspot (where the colored closer bar will appear). By default, the colored closer bar is on the left side of the screen; which, for me, is ideal. You can also adjust the width of the colored closer bar.

Where this extension comes in handy is when you have the browser set to full screen (which is my preference).  I no longer have to go to the top of the screen, to search for and close the active tab. If you are a Chromebook user, this is a must-have extension that will also work when you need to close any Google Chrome Apps that you have open.

Source:  Close This Tab – Chrome Web Store

Chrome Music Lab – Hands-On Experiments

Are you a music lover? If so, make sure you check out the Chrome Music Lab where you can have some fun with the hands-on experiments (such as Song Maker, Rhythm, Spectogram, Chords, Sound Waves, Appregios, Melody Maker and more…).  All of these apps can be run straight from your web browser and no account sign-in is required.

What is Chrome Music Lab? Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.

What can it be used for? Many teachers have been using Chrome Music Lab as a tool in their classrooms to explore music and its connections to science, math, art, and more. They’ve been combining it with dance and live instruments.

Can I use it to make my own songs? Yes. Check out the Song Maker experiment, which lets you make and share your own songs.

Source:  Chrome Music Lab

Boxcryptor – Chrome Web Store (for your Chromebook)

Boxcryptor for Chrome is currently in beta; however, if you are looking for a way to encrypt files on your Chromebook and store them on the cloud (such as Google Drive and others), this a great option to consider. By encrypting your files, you are in essence making the impossible to be opened or seen. The Chrome version of Boxcrypt, as featured in this article, is currently in Beta Testing…

Boxcryptor is the encryption solution optimized for the cloud which allows you to use all popular cloud storage providers such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive and Box without sacrificing safety, privacy, or comfort.  With Boxcryptor you can easily encrypt files locally in your browser before uploading them to your cloud. Your cloud provider only receives encrypted files and you keep complete control of your data!

Source: Boxcryptor – Chrome Web Store

Geek Squeak (from Lifehacker): Using Google Chrome’s Task Manager

To view the processes running inside Google Chrome, select the options icon, hit More Tools, and select Task Manager. In your task manager window you’ll see every open tab along with every enabled extension, the amount of memory and CPU power each is using, and how much network data they’re sending or receiving. You’ll also spot secondary processes, like how much GPU power Chrome is using to keep everything running smooth… READ MORE

Inoreader – RSS Feed Reader For Power Users (best of the best)

Most people are unaware of RSS (Rich Site Summary) and are missing out on a really powerful way to retrieve the latest content from the sites you may be interested in without having to physically visit the site. Most sites offer RSS feeds and to retrieve those feeds you need a RSS “Feed Reader”. Don’t let this all scare you away, it is very easy to learn and use. You will not regret it. I personally use a feed reader called Inoreader to pull down news and information from hundreds of sites that are of my interest. For example, CNN and Fox news have RSS Feeds. Instead of going to their sites, I simply get their RSS Feed address(es) and enter into my Inoreader RSS Feed Reader to pull in the latest content. That is only two sites I used as an example. I have over a hundred sites where I do the same.

I have tried many RSS feed readers; and, I can tell you that Inoreader is the best of the best. It also available on many platforms (such as on the Web, Windows, Android, Google Chrome App, and iOS). I have Inoreader installed on every device and computer I own and can tell you it seamlessly will synchronize your RSS Feeds no matter which device you use.  If you have a Facebook or Google account, you are one step away from setting up your own Inoreader account.

Inoreader – One place to keep up with all your information sources. Rely on powerful free search, full archive of your subscriptions. Monitor specific keywords, save pages from the web and subscribe to social media feeds.

Source: Inoreader – The content reader for power users who want to save time.

One of the most overlooked Google Doc Apps is Google Drawings

One of the most overlooked Google Doc applications is Google Drawings. The main reason for this is that Google Drawings is not readily available in the listing of the other Google Docs  (like Docs, Sheets and Slides). What I am finding is that Google Drawings is a powerful (easy to use) graphic designer that can be used for multi-purposes (i.e. blog postings, signs, cards, facebook posts, flowcharts, organizational charts, website wireframes, mind maps, etc…).

As I mentioned, it is not easy to find or get to. Below is step-by-step on how to get to Google Drawings. Once you are there, bookmark it in your web browser.  You can also get to it, if you are a Google Chrome browser user, by going to the Google Chrome Store and downloading the Google Drawings app [here].

AND, if you want the real easy way of getting to Google Drawings, just [CLICK HERE]

Source: Create & edit drawings – Computer – Docs editors Help

 

“ClickandClean” Chrome Browser Utility | Privacy and Security News, Updates and Releases

New update to Click&Clean. If you are using this application, which is a browser extension for the Google Chrome web browser, it will auto update on its’ own. I have been using his cleaning utility on my desktop computers, as well as my Chromebook. Click the source link below to learn more or click here for the quick start guide to get a good feel about how Click&Clean works.

Privacy and security news, important security vulnerabilities and how to fix them. Latest Click&Clean and another software releases and updates.

Source: Click&Clean | Privacy and Security News, Updates and Releases

PicSay – An Award Winning Photo Editor for Android That Works Great On A Chromebook

As the old saying goes, “A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words” and the developers of PicSay, have nailed it. I was looking for a good photo editor for my Chromebook and came across the Android app called PicSay. The catch here is that you do have to have a Chromebook that will run Android apps. If not, I still highly recommend PicSay for your Android Phone or Tablet. As a matter of fact, after testing PicSay, I ended up buying the app and installing it on my Chromebook and all my Android devices. It is probably the best Android app I have installed and run on the Chromebook. There is a FREE version of PicSay (with limited features) and the paid version called PicSay Pro. I encourage you to try the free version first to determine if it is something you will like.

Trust me, you will not go wrong with his app if you are into editing photos and graphic design.

Feature Summary: Sharpen, remove red eye, crop & straighten, distort, insert cutouts of other pictures, paint, make color splash out of black-and-white pictures, add text, word balloons, apply effects like Cross Process, Lomo, Vignette, faux HDR, Tilt-shift, Pencil Sketch, and much more.

Supports high resolution editing up to 13MP for devices that can handle it.

SOURCE: Google Play Store – PicSay and PicSay Pro

 

Unload, Park, Suspend Tabs To Reduce The Memory Footprint Of Google Chrome

Have you ever noticed that when you use your web browser and have multiple tabs open, things will slow down? A solution to this problem, if you use the Google Chrome web browser, is to install the browser extension called “The Great Suspender”. This extension automatically unloads (suspends) the tabs you are not using, but will retain their titles and favicons. The extension allows you to manually suspend tabs or you can configure the tabs to suspend after a set period of time. You can even whitelist tabs that you do not want to go into suspension. To take a tab out of suspension, simply click on the web page of the tab.

In the end, what “The Great Suspender” does is reduce the memory footprint that is consumed by having numerous tabs open; thus, a faster browser experience.

SOURCE:  Google Chrome Store – The Great Suspender


			

Click&Clean | Private Data Cleaner Extension for Google Chrome

Click&Clean is a free browser extension for the Google Chrome browser that helps you to delete your browsing history, cache, cookies and enhance your security and privacy online. What caught my attention with this particular browser extension is that, in the Google Chrome Store, this extension is rated 5 Stars by over 55K people,  with a user base of nearly 3.5 million users.

Features:

– Scans your PC for Malware
– Deletes your browsing history,
– Removes download history,
– Erases temporary files,
– Clears cookies and Empty cache,
– Deletes client-side Web SQL Databases
– Removes Flash Cookies (LSOs)
– Protects your privacy by cleaning up all traces of your internet activity,
– Cleans up your hard drives and Free up more disk space, including secure file deletion using external applications, like CCleaner or Wise Disk Cleaner.


Source: Click&Clean | Extension for Chrome

Google Chrome Extension – Share to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, email, and any other sharing or saving service quickly and easily with one share button…

Found this Google Chrome extension (called “AddToAny”) at the Google Chrome store that is a “must have” extension; especially, if you are a blogger, facebook user, twitter user, Pocket, etc… What this extension does is install a button on the toolbar that helps automate sharing to services (such as WordPress, Facebook, Twitter and a ton more)… The extension is very customizable so that you can add and quickly get to the services you desire to share information with. For example, after finding and installing this extension, I clicked on the share button, selected WordPress and it pushed the information to my WordPress editor where I could quickly put this post together.

If you use Google Chrome or have a Chromebook, definitely install and teach yourself how to use this. Real timesaver…


Source: AddToAny: Share Anywhere – Chrome Web Store

Best FREE Office Suite For Your Chromebook (Andoid support required)

If you have a Chromebook, with Android support, where you can install Android Apps, I highly recommend that you install the Android version of WPS Office. I currently have this office suite on my Windows based computers, Android devices (smartphone) and now found a home for it on my Acer Chromebook.

This office suite is probably the most compatible that I have found to the Microsoft Office products. As a matter of fact I use WPS and do not have Microsoft Office installed. The reason for this is that WPS Office is FREE (with ads).

View, edit and create of almost any document type – all fully compatible with Microsoft Office ® and Google Docs. The main types of compatible file fromats: doc, docx, dot, dotx, wps, wpt, txt, rtf, ppt, pptx, pps, ppsx, pot, potx, dps, dpt, xls, xlsx, xlt, xltx, et, ett, pdf, html

All-in-one Free Office Suite App

  • Integrate with Memo, Document, Spreadsheet and Presentation, lets you make quick office documents editing, creating and reading on-the-go
  • Fully compatibility with Microsoft Office( Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Txt), Google Docs, Sheets, Slide and PDF, Adobe PDF

Free PDF Converter and PDF Reader

  • Support PDF files reading and viewing
  • Convert all office documents ( word, text, excel, powerpoint,doc ) to PDF files

SOURCE:  Google Play Store – WPS Office (for Android)

Google Chrome Extension – Nimbus Screenshot and Screen Video Recorder

If you use the Google Chrome Browser or own a Chromebook, you need to install the browser extension called Nimbus. This extension, to me, is hybrid in nature between a browser extension and an actual app. I can tell you it is the best, by far, screen and video capture extension (app) out there for Google Chrome and the Chromebook. The clips that you capture can be edited (with the built in editor) and stored locally on your computer or online (at Nimbus or Google Drive or Slack).

In summary, here is what Nimbus can do:

Capture screenshots

– Capture the whole web page or a required section of it

– Capture the whole browser window

– Capture the browser window of other programs

– Quick capture site fragment

– Create your own drawing or model from scratch

Record screencasts (video from screen)

– Record video from your screen/tab (Screencasts)

– Record video from other active program

– Customize your screen resolution and FPS

– You can draw on video

Edit screenshots

– Paste different patterns and text boxes to your screenshot

– Resize and crop your screenshot

– Add arrows and stickers to your screenshot

– Highlight text on your screenshot

Share screenshots and screencasts

– Save screenshots in: JPG and PNG

– Save screenshots and screencasts to Nimbus Note

– Send screenshots to Slack

– Save screenshots to Google Drive and Google Classroom

– Comment your screenshots and screencasts


SOURCE: Google Chrome Store – Nimbus Screenshot and Screen Video Recorder

If you buy a Chromebook, buy this one…

For Christmas, I landed a deal on a Google Chromebook by Acer at Bestbuy that included a $100 off, plus a Google Home Speaker thrown in (for free) to sweeten the deal. I don’t think that deal will resurface; however, I am seeing the same Chromebook at Amazon for $50 off the retail price (see below). If you want to explore the world of Chromebooks, I highly recommend this one (see below). I have always worked with the Windows operating system (since its’ inception) and I must say, “I am hooked on this Chromebook and the Google Chrome OS”. If you are someone looking for a computer solely for internet-based activity, get a Chromebook. If you have a mom or pop, with little or no computer expertise, get a Chromebook. It does not get any easier than this (very little setup and maintenance).

This particular Chromebook is setup to run Android Apps, as well as apps from the Google Chrome store.

 Acer 15.6″ FHD IPS Touch-Screen Chromebook-Intel Quad Core N4200 up to 2.5 GHz, 4GB RAM, 32GB SSD, Webcam, WIFI, Bluetooth, Chrome OS-Aluminum Chassis

Model: CB515-1HT-P39B

  • 15.6-in Full HD (1920×1080) IPS multitouch screen for hands-on control. LED backlight.
  • Intel Quad Core N4200 up to 2.5 GHz. 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM. The Chromebook will then download any available system updates, so you automatically get the latest Chrome OS features.
  • 32 GB Solid-State Drive (SSD); No CD or DVD drive. Cloud based device with free Google Drive storage.
  • Intel HD Graphics. Up to 12-hour battery life. Weighs 3.97 lbs. and measures 0.7″ thin.
  • Can open/edit MS Office files using free embedded QuickOffice editor or Google Docs, and can download Microsoft Office Online (an online version of Microsoft Office) for free. Cannot install standard MS Office software.

SOURCE: Amazon – Acer Chromebook CB515-1HT-P39B

 

Best List I Found On “How To Use A Chromebook”

I am exploring the Google Chromebooks and in the process, I am collecting various tips (and tricks) on how to use it. My goal is to learn this thing, “in and out”, with the intent of recommending the Chromebook to people at home. From what I am seeing, the Chromebook, just works, easy to use, updates are transparent, is inexpensive and there are a ton of Chrome apps and Android apps that can be run on the Chrome OS platform.

To get started with any device it is nice to have a “how to” list available and the best list I could find on the Chromebook was from c|net (see below)…

12 keyboard shortcuts every Chromebook owner needs to know

A dozen keyboard shortcuts to make Chrome OS even easier to use.

How to print from a Chromebook

Google Cloud Print for the win.

How to force quit apps on a Chromebook

What’s the Chromebook equivalent of Ctrl-Alt-Delete?

3 ways to pin apps to a Chromebook’s shelf

Help the app shelf help you.

How to keep your Chromebook from falling asleep

Stay woke.

This setting makes Chrome OS feel like more than just a browser

Open as window, says me.

How to use an external drive with a Chromebook

Not all of your files are stored in the cloud. Learn how to move files between your Chromebook and an external hard drive, thumb drive or SD card.

The best way to use Dropbox on a Chromebook

Accessing Dropbox from Chrome OS’s file manager is preferable to accessing it through the Chrome browser.

Run Windows software on a Chromebook

Can’t live without a particular Windows program? Here’s the trick for running it on your Chromebook.

How to take a screenshot on a Chromebook

Screenshots are a quick and easy way to save information or troubleshoot an issue.

Why a Chromebook isn’t the same thing as a budget laptop

They may look the same, but a cheap laptop and a Chromebook are more different than you might expect.


SOURCE: c|net – How to use a Chromebook: Tips, tricks and shortcuts

Acer Chromebook 15 Unboxing & Hands On

I ordered an Acer Chromebox 15 for Christmas and prior to ordering I did some research and watched the following video. I have always been a Windows user; however, as we continue to tread down that path of computer technology, I am finding that most of what I do on the computer these days is strictly internet based. I have found that nearly all people that I know who use a computer at home are using it to strictly browse the web and really for nothing else. If you fall into that category, then what you may not know is that you can save a lot of money and tech headaches by going with a Chromebook.

By definition, a Chromebook is a laptop that runs Google’s Chrome operating system and Chrome Web browser. Providing a total Web-based operating environment, all applications are downloaded from the Web, and although an Internet connection is mandatory, some apps may run offline as well“.

If interested in exploring a Chromebook, [ CLICK HERE ] to see the various Chromebook options at Amazon. If you get really serious, go to a local Walmart or Best Buy and play around with one. Very inexpensive and simple to use (and maintain) compared to the typical Windows based computer.

Acer Chromebook 15 Unboxing & Hands On


SOURCE: Amazon – Acer Chromebook 15

A Quality Chromebook For Work Or School

Chromebooks are often described as a “browser in a box” due that they run the Google Chrome operating system and browser where the apps are internet dependent. Chromebooks are often seen in the schools these days due to their low cost and ease to maintain (and use). The Chromebooks I have tested boot fast, have long battery life, brighter screens and built in protection against malware and viruses. I have always loved the Windows operating system, but Chromebook computers makes great computers for grandparents due to their simplicity.

A Chromebook I am looking at is the ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA-DHM4. This Chromebook is on the high end when it comes to price and specs. If you want to explore cheaper Chromebooks, then CLICK HERE

The two reason I am looking at the ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA-DHM4 is that it is one of the first Chromebooks that comes with native Android app support and the fact that ASUS builds great computers. This particular brand of Chromebook is an Amazon Choice and was most recently featured at ZDNet. Also, this Chromebook is, so far, carrying great customer reviews at Amazon.

ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA-DHM4

  • Flexible 360 degree hinge and 12.5” Full-HD touchscreen lets you use the C302 in tablet or laptop mode.
  • Extremely lightweight at 2.65 pounds with the protection of a sleek aluminum metal body.
  • Unlock the power of Chromebooks with access to your favorite Chrome Web Store apps like Google Docs and it is Google Play Store/Android app ready.
  • Starts up in seconds and lasts all day, thanks to a long battery life rated up to 10 hours*.
  • Work anywhere online or offline regardless of your internet connection. Enjoy your favorite games, entertainment, and keep up with work, wherever you go.
  • Intel Core Processor with 64GB storage and 4GB RAM for fast and efficient performance.

SOURCE: Amazon – ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA-DHM4

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