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.

Templates

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.

TOC

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.

TOCnavigation-addon

#406 Save Multiple Tabs Without A Browser Addin

BrowserTabs

If you’re like me you often find yourself with somewhere close to a bazillion browser tabs open all at once.  And having all those tabs open can noticeably take up your system resources. If you use Chrome as your web browser you can grab a  super handy browser addin called OneTab.

Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once.

When your tabs are in the OneTab list instead of each on their own separate tab, you can save up to 95% of memory by drasctically reducing the number of tabs you have open — but not losing track of any of those sites.

OneTab

Just like having too many tabs open can slow you down, so can having too many browser addins. So here is a quick & easy way to save save and restore a group of tabs without needing to install anything extra.

Saving a Group of Browser Tabs

1. Create a new bookmark folder.  Right-click on the bookmarks bar, select ‘Add Folder…‘ and give it a name like Saved Tabs or whatever works best for you..

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2. The next time you want to save a set of open tabs you can right-click on the tab bar and select ‘Bookmark All Tabs’

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3.  You’ll get a dialog box where you can name this group of tabs. You might want to include a date, the topic or something describing the tabs so you’ll remember what they are for.  Once you’ve named them you can choose a folder to save them in.

SaveAs

The cool thing about this is that will sync with your Chrome account so that the set of tabs you save on one device can be restored on another.

Restoring a Group of Browser Tabs

When you want to bring all those tabs back and continue working with them, just right-click on the folder where you saved your tabs and select ‘Open All Bookmarks‘  or ‘Open All Bookmarks in New Window‘ and BOOM there they are! All your tabs spring back to life.

You can use this handy tabs saving trick in both Chrome and Firefox.