Technology is part and parcel of the life of any businessperson. Whether you own a small store or a transnational company, odds are that you’ll be sending emails, writing stuff, and facing the kind of small roadblocks that consume time and make you less productive.
That’s why today we’d like to talk about four hacks for Gmail and Google docs that can help you save time and become more efficient.
Unsubscribe from Spammy Emails Without Leaving Your Inbox (Gmail)
Tired of getting spammy emails on Gmail but too busy to figure out how to block them? We’ve got you covered. These are the steps to take:
- Open the email in question
- On the top left part of the email, click on the arrow pointing down that appears beside the words “to me”
- Click on “Unsubscribe from this sender”
In some cases, the “Unsubscribe from this sender” option won’t be activated. When that happens, click on the three dots on the top right part of the message and then select “Block.”
Undo Sent Emails (Gmail)
We have all been there. You hit “send” on that email only to discover a few seconds later that there is an annoying typo in your message or that you inadvertently sent the email to the wrong person.
No worries: Gmail shows you an “Undo” option after you send an e-mail, giving you a second chance to correct any mistakes you may have made. However, you have only a small window of time to perform this action. To get as much time as possible, take the following steps:
- Go to the “Settings” section (the gearwheel icon on the top right part of the screen)
- Click on “See all settings”
- On the dropdown menu “Undo send,” set the cancellation period you prefer (5,10,20, or 30 seconds)
Easily Create a New Google Document
Be honest with us: how do you open a new Google document? Do you search “Google docs” on Google and then click on the “Blank” button? Or do you have Google docs bookmarked in your browser? Either way, you’re working more than necessary. If you have your browser open, all you have to do is type “docs.new” into the address bar to open a fresh document ready for you to work on. The same trick applies to worksheets and slides. This is what you have to type in each case:
- For Google docs: docs.new
- Google sheets: sheet.new
- Google slides: slide.new
Extract Text From an Image
Although this may not be a problem you run into every day, it is a headache when it happens. If you want to get text from a picture without having to copy it manually, look no further than Google Keep. This note-taking application allows you to easily grab text from an image. To do that, click on the photo icon (“New note with image”) and select from your files the picture with the text you want to extract. Once Google Keep displays the picture, click on the three dots under the picture, and select “Grab image text.” The text will appear underneath, ready for you to copy it, paste it, or modify it in any way you need.
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