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Google Mail - Print Email

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If you need to either print your email, or save it as a PDF, there are several ways to accomplish this.

When viewing the email, you can either click on the printer icon in the upper right:
 Or you can click on the More menu (3 stacked dots) and select Print there:

Or you can use the shortcut:

Using any of those methods, it will open a print preview window:

You can:

Change which printer is selectedSelect which pages to printSelect the number of copiesChange the layout (portrait vs landscape)Display more settings When you click on the Destination (which printer), you have options to save the email as a PDF or to Google Drive as well:

Under the More settings, you can adjust other settings, including scaling the document and turning on/off headers & footers:

Once done, clicking print will print the document with your preferred settings (or save it to PDF or Google Drive).


Google Mail - Advanced Searching

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...otherwise known as finding what you want when you want it.

(Updated at 8:58 am EST - less than 20 minutes after it was posted!  There is a change with the suggestions made during searching now that should show up for you soon if they don't yet. The addition is in a rust red color below.)

The number 1 biggest frustration expressed to me with Google Mail is finding an email.  There is a solution for this - the advanced search available that is hidden behind the little down arrow at the right end of the search bar:

If you click on that, you get this pop-up window -


Put the information you know in the appropriate places (in my example, I'm looking for an email from my husband, received during the 2015-2016 school year about evaluations but I don't know what the subject line was) -

THEN run your search, and you should see better results (in my example, here is the email I was looking for) -

The following field are what you can search:

From: the email of the person that sent …

Google Mail - Compose view: pop-up vs full-screen

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Perhaps you would prefer to have a larger window when composing email, or perhaps occasionally need a larger window to see more of the draft message.  Here is how to switch between views with Google Mail

When composing a message, the default is for it to be in pop-up view.  To extend the window into what is called "full-screen" click on the middle icon of arrows in the upper-right corner:

Please notes - this will extend the window to be larger, but does not truly make it full screen.

To shrink back to the pop-up view, click o the middle icon of arrows in the upper-right corner (the arrows will be pointing towards each other):

If you find that you prefer the larger window to compose email in, you can set it as your default by going to the More menu (3 stacked dots) and selecting "Default to full-screen":


Likewise, if your email is already set to the default of full-screen, you can turn it off by going to the More menu (3 stacked dots) and de-selecting "Default …

Google Mail - Saving & Finding Drafts

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Sometimes when people discover their Draft label, they realize they have a LOT of drafts saved.  Here's a quick overview of how drafts work in Google Mail.

When you are creating an email, it is auto-saved periodically.  You can note this as at the top of the email in the title bar it will say "Draft Saved" periodically instead of the subject of the email.

These emails are tagged with "Draft" so can be found by clicking on the Drafts label on the left side (which remember - is actually a quick-search...)

To save an email you are working on as a draft, click on the X in the upper right corner.  (Note that it says Save and Close when mousing over it.)

You can see how it is easy to inadvertently end up with many drafts if closing an unwanted email instead of deleting it (trash can at the bottom).  However, once you know this, it is convenient to quickly start an email you want to complete later and not clutter up your screen with open compose windows.

If you prefer…

Drones for Good: Drones in the Classroom

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Guest post by Kerry Guiliano at Monroe County ISD:

A new trend on the horizon in education are drones in the classroom. Drones in the classroom, you say? Why and how could this even be possible? First of all, I’m not talking “50-pound cost thousands of dollars” type of drones, I’m talking about small drones that weigh roughly 12 oz, fly no more than 30 feet in the air (if that), have a short battery life, and do not cost an arm and leg. Drones that can be used INSIDE the classroom.

But why drones? We’ve seen some pretty cool things happening in the drone community. In my neck of the woods (Monroe County, Michigan), both Sylvania Minerals Quarry and Stoneco Quarry use a drone to measure and keep track of their stockpiles. Farmers are using drones to monitor crops, assess soil, and spot invasive plants that they can then target in certain areas instead of treating their entire crop, saving time and lots of money. Amazon recently stated that they are looking into drone delivery systems (…