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Try these 5 undiscovered Google Drive tricks

Michael Ansaldo | March 25, 2015
Google Drive and its attendant apps offer a wealth of tools to help you be more productive. Try these five for the biggest boost.

To use the web clipboard, select some text, a drawing, or other data and go to Edit > Web clipboard > Copy to web clipboard. You'll see that data added to the list of items on the web clipboard menu. When your menu starts to get too full, just select Clear all items. Items will automatically clear if they haven't been accessed within 30 days.

Publish to the web

Google Drive's sharing feature is great when you want to make a document available to a handful of people, but what if you want a wider viewing audience? For that, use Drive's Publish feature.

To publish a document, spreadsheet, presentation, or drawing, open the file and click File > Publish to the Web. Certain file types have some customization options available on the menu: you can choose to publish an entire spreadsheet or just individual sheets, set the speed at which a presentation's slides advance, and choose the image size of a drawing. When you're ready, click Publish, then copy the link that appears and send it to everyone you want to view to file.

If you want the published file to update automatically when you make changes to the original, go to the File menu and select Publish to the Web > Published content & settings. Check the box labeled "Automatically republish when changes are made." To remove the published file, select Stop publishing.


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