Monday, April 25, 2016


Grammarly is a great tool for checking your spelling, grammar and more. It also will check for plagiarism, word choice and make suggestions. My apologies to all of my former teachers, my writing is far from perfect, and I need all the help I can get. 

CLICK HERE to sign-up for Grammarly.
Grammarly for Chrome
Install the Grammarly Chrome Extension
This will check your writing across the web: email, social media, blogging, etc. Unfortunately, it will not check Google Docs (yet). However, I find it very helpful in checking emails and blog posts.

  1. Go to the Google Chrome Webstore. Search for Grammarly. Grammarly for Chrome will be listed under Extensions.

  1. Click Add to Chrome
  2. An icon will appear in your extensions list to the right of the Chrome browser address bar.

Grammarly Plugin for Microsoft Word
Download and Install the Grammarly Plugin
Currently, the plugin is only available for Windows computers.

  1. Go to the Plugin download page -
  2. If you already have a Grammarly account, click Log In at the bottom of the page. If you do not have a Grammarly account, sign up for one before continuing.

  1. After you log in, the file should immediately download. Find and open the downloaded file in your Downloads. File is  titled GrammarlyAddInSetUp.exe.

  1. Click Get started.
    Check the Grammarly for Word box and then click Install.

  1. Click Finish to close.

REMINDER: If Microsoft Word is running during the installation, restart the program to activate Grammarly.

 Turn on Grammarly in Word
1. Open Microsoft Word.
2. To the right of the menu bar, click Enable Grammarly

Monday, April 18, 2016

Manage Your Inbox With

Chances are you receive lots of emails from subscriptions you may have from multiple sources. These emails can be a real burden, especially if you don’t check your email for a couple of days. Most likely, you end up deleting dozens of emails just to clear the clutter.
Managing your subscriptions can be a struggle, but it doesn’t have to be. Enter
This free web app is super easy to use.

Sign Up

To easily manage all of your email subscriptions, go to the homepage, select your email provider and click Go.
You will be prompted to allow access to your Google account, click Allow.

Once access is given, you will see the homepage of and the first thing it will do is to scan all of your email subscriptions.

Managing your Email subscriptions

Once you are on the homepage, you will see a list of your email subscriptions presented in a vertical timeline.

What does is roll up all your email subscriptions into a special Inbox so you will no longer receive your email subscription in your usual Inbox. All your subscriptions will also be compiled in a single email sent by
In the email, you will find all your subscription emails listed with details. Just open the email to check your newsletters.
Click on the list to open each newsletter. You will be redirected to website with the content of the email.

Set when to receive Rollup (compiled newsletter)

At the homepage, look for ‘Delivery Time’ and you can change this to receive the compiled email at your preferred time.


You can easily unsubscribe to any email subscription. To do this, just click on the Unsubscribe button.

Send Email directly to inbox

To have the email newsletter sent directly to your inbox (not using rollup), choose “Keep in Inbox”.

View your Rollup (Email subscription)

In the default page of, you are in edit mode where you can set to unsubscribe from a newsletter, or send the email directly to your Inbox. To view the Rollup at any other time outside its scheduled delivery, head over to the homepage and click on the View Rollup button.
The Rollup is the same copy of what you will receive in your inbox, but this one has an extra ‘Category sidebar’ on the right, where your entire newsletter has been categorized automatically following the subject. Simply click on any email to read, or click on the category to find an email in the relevant topic.
If you find it a bit annoying to open such messages in a new tab, you can also view your e-mail subscriptions in a folder. creates a folder for Gmail accounts that contains your subscriptions.It's a convenient way to peruse your subscriptions.


If you decide you don't like, you can delete your account by clicking your account in the upper-right corner of the site, choosing Settings and then hitting the Delete button. Before lets you out, it insists that you give them a reason.

I hope you find as helpful as I do!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Do you like Post-its®? Try Google Keep!

Google Keep

Do you like Post-it® notes? I consider myself the Post-it® queen. I love them! So naturally, when I found an online resource that looks just like Post-it® notes, I was sold. Google Keep is a great product for quick notes that are available on any device and shareable. I use Keep both personally and professionally. It works great for everything from grocery lists to brainstorming and project task lists.
Let’s get started! To get to Keep, go to
Creating a note is as easy as 1,2,3:
  1. Near the top of the page, click Add note, then enter your note.
  2. To add a title, click Title.
  3. To save, click Done.
To create a list:
  1. Near the top of the page, click the New list icon .
  2. To create a list item, start typing.
  3. To add more list items, click + List item.
  4. To add a title, click Title.
  5. To save your list, click Done.
Tip: To reorder an item on a list, click and hold the item, then move it to where you want.
To create a photo note:
  1. Go to Keep.
  2. Near the top of the page, click the Add Image icon .
  3. Choose a photo from your computer.
  4. To add text, click Add note.
  5. To add a title, click Title.
To share a note:
  1. Open a note.
  2. Select the Share icon .
  3. Enter the email addresses of the people you want to share with.
  4. Select Save.
The people you share the note with will get an email saying you've shared a note with them. You can see each other's changes to the note right away.
Organize your notes:
You can also organize your notes by adding labels. You can customize the labels to fit your needs.
Change the color of notes:
  1. Open a note or list.
  2. At the top of the screen, select Change color icon .
  3. Select the color you want.
Add a reminder:
  1. Click a note.
  2. At the bottom-left, click Remind me .
  3. Select a default time. Or to customize the time or set a repeating reminder, click Pick date & time.
  4. If you click Pick date & time: Choose a date and time, then choose how often you want the reminder to repeat. Click SAVE.
  5. To close your note, click Done or click outside the note.
Extracting text from images:
  1. Go to Keep.
  2. Near the top of the page, click the Add Image icon .
  3. Choose a photo from your computer.
  4. To add text, click Add note.
  5. To add a title, click Title.
  6. Click on the overflow menu (three vertical dots)
  7. From the popup menu, select Grab Image Text
I hope you find Google Keep as helpful as I do!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Google Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office

In my last post, I showed you how to install Microsoft Office 2016. Today we are going to see how easy it is to open office files directly from Google Drive and save to Google Drive without having to leave the Office products. It's all possible with the help of a Google plug-in for Microsoft Office.

The set-up is easy and straight forward. Close all your Office applications, download Google Drive Plugin and install it. Once done, you will need to go through an initial set-up wizard to link the plugin with your own Google Drive account.

The Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office supports Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016 versions), and Office 365 if you've downloaded and installed Microsoft Office on your computer as part of District 50's Office 365 subscription.

Sorry, my Mac friends, the plugin is available for Windows only.

After you have installed the plug-in and connected your Google Drive, you will see the following changes in open/save options:

Office ribbon

The plug-in adds the Google Drive menu to the Office menu bar, and Open, Save, and Share options to the Office ribbon.

Office File menu

The plug-in also adds a Google Drive submenu to the Office File menu.
(Office 2007/2010) Click File (Office 2010) or Office button (Office 2007) > Google Drive, to access the same Drive options that are available in the Office ribbon.
(Office 2013/2016) Click File, then an option (for example Open or Save), to view the Google Drive submenu.

You can now enjoy all the features of Google Drive with your office documents. You can share,  see the document revision history, view your documents across devices, and enjoy the benefit of unlimited storage.