8. Custom Page Size

Coming from a Microsoft Office world, I always thought of Google Slides as a Slide Deck.  A place to make slides and add in cool transitions to wow my audience.

It was not until Michelle Armstrong, Regional Director of EdTechTeam Canada, showed me that you can edit the size of a slide and really change it into a working document where you have no limitations on where you can add in images, write, and create.

When you have Google Slides open, go to File -> Page Set-Up.

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This will allow you to then choose “Custom” and enter in the size of slide you would like to have.

You can have your standard piece of paper – 8.5 x 11 inches, or experiment to make the size that best works for your creation.

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Now your favourite GSuite Tool has just turned into the most powerful tool you and your students have access to!

6. Hiding Your Links

We all know what a URL looks like.  It has the http:// then three w’s.  It is not the prettiest thing to look at.

Plus, when you are writing a blog post or working on a web page, you don’t want to see the URL, you just want your readers to be able to click on the link.

To hide your URL’s behind text, highlight the text that you want.  Then click the button in the menu bar that looks like chains linked together.

If you love keyboard shortcuts, instead of finding that button you can type “Ctrl” + “k”.

This will pop up a window that will allow you to paste in your URL and the text that will be shown instead.

Click OK and you all set!

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3. /edit

For each GSuite Tool there is a unique URL.  Each URL sends the user to that specific Google Doc, Google Sheet, Google Drawing, Drive Folder etc.

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The URL is highlighted at the top of the screen.

It is quite handy – you can paste it into an email, send it through Hangouts, embed it behind an image or a button.

But this URL has the power to do a lot more than redirect someone to your Google Doc!  At the end of the URL, you will see a “/edit.”

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By changing these four letters, you will be able to control permissions and editing rights on an single click:

/copy forces the user to make a copy right away:

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/preview showcases the work as if it was published on the web:

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Now that one URL has just become a whole lot more powerful!