Ok, if you follow this blog at all, you know of my large love of Google. From Maps to Docs to Android, I totally subscribe to pretty much everything they do. With that all said, often I feel lacking, with so many things you could do with Google, I feel we really do the tip of the iceburg. So I LOVE to see articles like Naill Harbison’s at The Next Web where he goes over 19 things you may not know about. (http://thenextweb.com/lifehacks/2012/12/09/19-handy-google-tricks-that-you-werent-aware-of/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheNextWeb+%28The+Next+Web+All+Stories%29).
Two of my favorites:
1. Maps Drag n Zoom–I did not even know Maps Labs existed. Labs are Google’s way to try out things without putting them in the main feature by default. One word of caution–they come and go. You may get used to a feature, and it may disappear tomorrow. But, in the bottom, left corner, you click Maps Labs, and then turn on which you want to use. For Drag n Zoom, below your zoom tools, there is the little magnifying glass. You click that, then on your map, you click and draw a square over an area to zoom into. Pretty helpful tool. Instead of just randomly clicking to zoom in, you can pinpoint a specific area to zoom into.
2. Distance Measure Tool–I LOVE measuring paths I create in Google Earth. I run, so I always like to accurately map out a run. Very helpful, but what if I’m on a Chromebook or some computer at a school without Google Earth installed? Have no fear–you just enable the Distance Measure Tool. While not able to get as exact plots like in Earth (although this is Labs, maybe it will come!), you can turn it on with the little ruler in the bottom left corner by the scale, choose your units (Metric or English) and then plot two points. It will do the measuring for you. Pretty cool tool in a Geography class or anywhere else!