Managing Passwords in Chrome

If you use Google Chrome as your web browser (and you should) you probably know that it can save your usernames and passwords for sites that you visit. But did you also know that Chrome can sync these passwords across all your devices?

Imagine you’ve created an account on your computer at work but want to sign-in from home or even from your smartphone while you’re out and about. This is definitely easiest if you’re using the Chrome browser and signing in with your Google account on all your devices.  Fortunately, you can access all your information from any browser simply by visiting



Just sign-in with your Google account, to access a list of all the accounts and passwords you’ve used in Chrome.

You can display the passwords by clicking the eye icon or remove any of the entries aren’t able to change your existing passwords. (You’ll have to visit the associate website to do that.)

If you don’t want your passwords stored in the Google Passwords site, you have two options. Don’t save your passwords in Chrome at all or make them unavailable from the Google website.

  1. Open Chrome and go to Settings – Advanced Sync Settings.
    ( Or enter chrome://settings/syncSetup in the address bar )
  2. Under the Encryption Options, choose “Encrypt all synced data with your own sync passphrase”, enter a passphrase and save the settings.

Disable Google Passwords

Shortly afterwards your passwords will not be accessible via the Google Passwords site. You can always change your mind revert back to the default settings..

Intergrating Microsoft Office with Google Chrome

If your preferred web browser is Google Chrome, you probably already know that it integrates pretty seamlessly with other Google tools like Google Docs. But what if you are more of a Microsoft Office user than Google Docs?

Here is a Chrome extension from Microsoft that brings some nice integration with your Office documents.

As you can see, you’ll get one-click access to your Office files, whether they’re on your hard drive or in the cloud.

You can be up and running in now time. Here’s how:

  1.  Grab the Office Online extension from the Chrome Web Store.
  2. Next type chrome://extensions into the address bar and scroll down until you see the listing for Office Online.
    NOTE: You can tie this to your Office 365 account, or if you don’t already have a Office Online/OneDrive account you can create one for free.
  3. If you want to upload documents to OneDrive from your hard drive using drag-and-drop, click the box that says “Allow access to file URLs.”


With this set up, dragging & dropping files into your Chrome browser will automatically upload them to Office Online for easy sharing & collaboration.

Also, when you run across Office document formats on a web page, such as Word documents or Powerpoint presentations, they will automatically open in Office Online instead of requiring you to download them, open the right Office app and then viewing them. PDF files will continue to open in Chrome’s native viewer.

15 Minute On-Demand Office Webinars

These days nobody has much time to sit around and wait. When we need something, we usually need it now. That’s why this series of short recorded webinars might be just what you’re looking for.


They’re a great example of short, focused sessions on a single topic. 15 minutes is long enough to cover the topic well and short enough to fit into a busy schedule. Plus they’re very well done with a nice collection of experts…so jump over and give them a look. You’ll be glad you did.

Here’s an example:

Here are a few of my favorites:

Your best bet? Plug the RSS feed into your favorite feed reader and you’ll never miss one! If you don’t have a feed reader try Feedly or Flipboard.

Happy New Year!!!


Default Email Links to Your Web-based Email

By default, most computers will open an email application like Outlook when you click an email link. But a lot of us, even organizations, are using web-based email like Gmail, and others.

If you’re one of those folks here is how you can bypass your old email app and make those email links work for you, where you need them – in your browser.

Each browser is a little different so here’s the info you need:


  1. Go to the site you use for mail (,, or so on).
  2. Click the double-diamond icon found at the far right side of the address bar.
  3. Choose Allow and click Done.



  1. Click the menu icon near the upper-right corner.
  2. Click the  Options icon.

  3. Click the Applications tab on the left pane.
  4. Type mail in the Search field.
  5. Select mailto.
  6. Pull down the Action menu and make your selection.

Get a Jump on Your Presentation by Importing Your Outline

Crafting a great presentation means mapping it out before you start building any slides. There are lots of ways to organize your thoughts and one of the more common methods is by creating an outline.

An outline is a great way to logically structure your message. Trying to build slides on the fly without this first step is usually not a good idea.


Once you’ve got your outline in order, you can get a jump on creating your deck by simply importing the outline you already have. It’s easy to your text outline.

  1. Start a new presentation
  2. On the Insert tab, choose New Slide » Slides from Outline…


  3. Locate and select your outline file. This can be a .txt, .rtf, or Word .doc or .docx file.
  4. Your outline will come into PowerPoint and look something like this:


And with a good structure in place, now you’re ready to build a presentation deck that will dazzle your audience!

Easy App Launching Shortcuts

We’ve seen how easy it is to pin an application to your taskbar for easy access. If you’re a keyboard shortcut person like me you’ll be glad to know that you can skip the click and launch those pinned apps with a quick and easy keyboard combo.


Every app you’ve pinned to your taskbar (up to 10) get it’s very own shortcut. So if you want to launch the first app,just press the Windows key, plus the number 1.

For example, on my desktop, Powerpoint is the 4th app pinned to my taskbar to the keyboard shortcut to launch it is the Windows key + 4



Rock Your Docs With these Google Docs Tricks

Over the past few years, I’ve shifted almost all of my document creation tasks from Word to Google Docs. Mainly for the sharing and collaboration features and the fact that I can access my documents from anywhere.

At first, I really missed some of the ‘power’ features of Word but now that I’ve found some of these great tricks in Google Docs I’m a  pretty happy camper.

1. Templates

This is something most people don’t realize is in Google Docs. Sometimes I forget myself. Fortunately, a recent update puts these right at the top of the page when you get into Google Docs.


2. Automatic Table of Contents

Just like Word, Docs has styles (Heading 1, Heading 2, etc) which allows you to do several cool, time-saving things including automatically generating a table of content.

If you’ve already applied styles, it couldn’t be any easier. Go to Insert » Table of Contents.


3. Document Navigation

If you’re navigating longer documents, head over and grab the “Table of Contents” add-in  and you’ll get an automatic navigation sidebar.  (Not to be confused with the TOC we made above. ) You can get this and other useful add-ons via the Add-ons menu.


Super Easy Way to Recover Unsaved Word Documents

Have you ever lost work when the power went our or your battery died unexpectedly? Most of us have felt that type of pain at one time or another. But did you know that if you’re working in Word when that happens or even if you’re in a hurry and accidently hit No when asked if you want to save, you can still get you stuff back?

You can and here’s how.

Let’s say you’ve just closed a document for whatever reason wit out saving your work.

  1. Your first step is to open a new, blank Word file and go to File » Info.
  2. Look for the Versions  button for the big square that has a drop-down that says Manage Versions.
  3. Click that and choose  ‘Recover unsaved documents’ and you’ll see a list of the unsaved files it can recover.

Recover Unsaved Documents

Bing, bang, zoom! And you’re back in business. While it might not be fool proof it could certainly save you a lot of time reworking things you’ve already done. This is a great little trick to keep up your sleeve! You’ll make friends for life of anyone you’re able to help out with this handy trick!

Easier Pit Stops With Google Maps

Do you ever need to make stops along your route for things like gas , food, coffee or restaurants? Of course, you do! Now you can easily search for gas stations, grocery stores, coffee shops, etc in Google Maps  while still in navigation mode, and add them as a detour on the way to your final destination.

To access this new feature make sure you’ve got the latest update, then:

  1. Tap on a magnifying glass icon that appears at the top-right corner of the screen in navigation mode.
  2. From there, a drop-down menu will appear offering several options, including gas stations, restaurants, grocery stores, and coffee shops. You can also “search for more places” if you’re looking for other businesses or addresses.

You can also do this with the voice command by tapping on the microphone button.

This may not seem like much, but if you’ve ever actually tried doing this you’ll appreciate how much nicer it is now. Plus, in the next “few weeks” Google says they’ll add the ability to check gas prices at the stations you find along your way.

Add the Power of Video to Your Presentations

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many is a video worth? Sometimes you just need a video to bring things to life and get your point across. Fortunately adding videos to your PowerPoint presentations is a piece of cake.

Adding a Video File

If you already have a copy of the video file you want to use just head over to the Insert tab to find the Video drop-down arrow and click Video on My PC. Find the video file you want to use and click Insert to add it to your slide.

Embedding Online Video

Often, it might be easier to tap into a video already available online and embed a video from Youtube or other sites like Vimeo.  An embedded video still “lives” on the website it comes from so it can be a good way to keep the file size of your presentation down — just remember you’ll need an Internet connection to play it.

For online video, the steps are the same except you’ll choose Online Video…

Getting the Embed Code From YouTube Options

To get the embed code from YouTube, click the Share option below the video, then click the Embed tab. Don’t forget to set your preferences like video size, etc (3) and the copy the embed code (4).


Here is what it looks like in action:

If you’re interested in learning more about working with videos in PowerPoint, check out this info from GFC Learn Free.