7. Customized Links

URLs are so much a part of our lives now.  Whether it is sending your friend to the next best cat video (like this cute guy) or helping your students get to the right website, links help us greatly.

There are also links to webpages or blog posts that we use all the time which may have a less than appealing URL.  How can you help to make customized URLs?

bitly.com is my answer.  By creating an account, you are able to change what comes after the “bit.ly/”.

The easiest way to sign up for Bitly.com is to use your Twitter account as then all of your URLs will be saved (and you do not have to remember another password).

Once there, click “Create Bitlink” in the top right corner.

Paste the long (or short) URL into the box and this menu appears:

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Now you can customize the bit.ly/ URL for your website.  Keep in mind that case of the letters matter (if you put a capital in it you must type it in the URL).

Within your Bitly.com account, all of your customized URL’s will be saved.

It is worth knowing that once you set an URL, you cannot update the original link it sends to, so make sure to paste the right original URL!

Happy Customizing!

5. Eye Dropper Extension

Whether it is for a colour scheme of a school’s webpage or ensuring that your font matches your clubs logo, colours matter in the digital world.

The pre-chosen colours in many of the dropdown menus are good, but they do not match your wanted colours perfectly.

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Regular pre-chosen colours in a GSuite tool.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a tool that could easily match any colour on your screen AND give you the Hex Code or RBG code?

Wait no longer – the Eye Dropper Extension is here! screen-shot-2017-01-05-at-12-41-20-pm

Using Google Chrome, follow the link above to add this extension to Chrome.  Once added, click on the eye dropper icon.  This will open up the eye dropper menu:

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From here you can either select “Eye Dropper” or “Color Picker”.  Colour Picker is similar to your regular colour wheel to select the colour of your choice.

The real magic, in my opinion, is in the “Eye Dropper” menu.  When selected, you now have a button that says “Pick colour from web page.”  If you click on that button you will notice that your cursor is now has a little box that shows the colour it is hovering over.

Find the colour you want to use and click on it.  Now the boxes in the Eye Dropper menu will change to that colour.  From here, you can pull the code you need for the tool you are using.

If we wanted to add the purple colour I have selected in the screen shot to a Google Drawing shape, we need to click on “custom” in the colour selection menu.

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Once custom is selected, you can then change the letters/numbers after the “#” to the ones that match from the Eye Dropper menu.

Selecting “OK” will change the selected items to that colour! Say hello to beautifully coloured digital work!