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How to get a URL shortened with Google's URL Shortener Reactivated?

A few months a ago I shortened a URL wit the Google URL Shortener (https://goo.gl/[etc] and distributed it to a small handful of people. As recently as two weeks ago, it continued to work just fine. [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying on Jul 1, 2015 - 2 answers

Is it possible to copy multiple folders in the web based Google Drive?

Hi all I want a standard set of folders for a bunch of other folders [imagine folders 1-10, all with the same name, copied into folders A-Z, all named differently. I imagine a copiable template or model structure. I cannot use the Google Drive Folder on my PC [it doesn't synch with the web]. I cannot use scripts or downloaded programs. I am not an administrator in this firm. Will Google let me do this? [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- on Jun 26, 2015 - 6 answers

Shared Google Calendar events self-destructing?

The small business I work for (~15-20 people) has begun using a set of shared Google Calendars. It's great! Except that every couple of days the events we put in delete themselves. [more inside]
posted by Polycarp on Jun 22, 2015 - 5 answers

Does Mac Time Machine keep a backup of my local Web storage?

Trying to retrieve some local key-value storage info from Google Chrome from 3 hours ago, from before it got erased. Is this posisble? [more inside]
posted by johngoren on Jun 19, 2015 - 3 answers

Google Sheets keeps doubling my row height when I move to another cell

When I'm using Google Sheets, entering words and strings of words in it, fairly often, when I hit return or tab to move to the next cell, the row height will suddenly double. This happens at least 1/4 of the time now, and it never happened in the past. [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Jun 16, 2015 - 5 answers

My Google Start Page has been hijacked...overrides settings: HELP!

I"m running Win 7 Home Edition Premium and Google Chrome. Somehow my start page has been hijacked by this URL: [more inside]
posted by lometogo on Jun 12, 2015 - 11 answers

GoogleFi - yea or nea?

I received my GoogleFi invite this morning, but now I'm confused about whether I should take the plunge. Does anyone have any experience with this yet? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Jun 11, 2015 - 10 answers

Google Forms won't read my mind

I have set up a Google registration form for a monthly event, where attendees sign up any time and are then confirmed for the next open event. I like to mess around with the order of form submissions and add notes and colour-coding, but Google Forms/Sheets doesn't like this and messes up the order. [more inside]
posted by tracicle on Jun 10, 2015 - 4 answers

Simple browser based Instagram-like photo editing?

Now that Google Photos has premiered, it appears that they've gutted the browser based photo editing features from Google+ Photos. I miss being able to quickly upload an image from my computer and tweak a bunch of Instagramish filter settings to get that lo-fi look that all the kids love nowadays. Are there any good equivalents out there, or is there a way to get the old photo editing capability back? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on Jun 4, 2015 - 5 answers

How do I use Pivot Tables to summarize data in Google Docs

I'm trying to figure out how to make a +/- table for my 1 on 1 soccer league. Using Google Docs (link here) [more inside]
posted by cacofonie on Jun 4, 2015 - 6 answers

Help get started programming with a web service's API

Can you recommend a tutorial to get started with web programming that interacts with APIs? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Jun 1, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me get Google Drive to connect again

I'm having the hardest time with the Google Drive desktop client on Windows 8.1. It was working fine until a few days ago then it started stalling out during a sync and giving me an "unable to connect" error. I use Drive to upload and store my photographs dumped from my camera and I'm kind of screwed for backup if I can't get Drive to upload my files. [more inside]
posted by octothorpe on May 27, 2015 - 6 answers

How to delete a DUI record from the web?

A friend of a friend received a DUI in Florida in 2011. She is now working as a doctor. She has a very distinct name, and searching for her name on Google or Bing results in links to her mugshot and arrest record. For obvious reasons, she would like for this not to happen. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on May 27, 2015 - 9 answers

Incorrect phone number listing on Google driving us mad. Help!

Google Plus has an unmanaged page for a local business that incorrectly lists my parents' phone number instead of the correct one. How do we fix this? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Apr 30, 2015 - 8 answers

Google Voice and Gmail for an organization

How can I set up a Google account (Gmail and Google Voice) for a community organization? [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Apr 26, 2015 - 2 answers

How do I get Google to fix incorrect information about a nonprofit?

I run a 2-year old nonprofit and the listing that Google created and displays for us on their search page is full of incorrect information that hurts our organization. It has our hours of operation wrong, it shows a picture of our facility that was taken before we were finished remodeling it, and it shows a logo that we don't use any more. How do these things fixed?
posted by someonesomewhere on Apr 26, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me get my face back please!

It appears that when doing a Google search for my name ('Tim Pollard') the result Google features is a weird combination of my details (from Wikipedia) but with an embedded photo of an entirely different Tim Pollard (a motoring journalist). Does anyone know how to change that so my photo appears with my details please? As a performer I want to make sure people know who and what they're getting! Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions!
posted by timpollard on Apr 25, 2015 - 9 answers

Can't zoom out on mobile for google sheets

A friend uses a Google Site to host a schedule for a catering company. They make the sheet in Excel, port it to Google Sheets, then link to it from the site. With a recent change within Drive, users have lost the ability to zoom out beyond to less than 100% on the schedule, making it more difficult to navigate. They can zoom in, but can't zoom any further out. Is there anything they can do to get this functionality back?
posted by codacorolla on Apr 22, 2015 - 1 answer

Why is Severnaya Zemlya censored on Google Maps?

Severnaya Zemlya, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia is censored on Google Maps. Anybody know why? Here it is: link
posted by tellUwut on Apr 21, 2015 - 5 answers

How do I sign myself out of Google (not Gmail) on other computers?

For nearly a year, I've been plagued by my Google searches periodically defaulting to the Swedish Google page (and all of my Google activity turning into Swedish language). I have clicked on "sign out of all other web sessions" in gmail lots and lots of times. I have recently worked out that this happens because I signed into Google on my girlfriend's mother's account last summer. How can I make this stop without involving my girlfriend's mother? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Apr 12, 2015 - 12 answers

Suspended Google account - need to reinstate

My new google account was suspended. I believe they think I'm a spammer. But I am working for a small non-profit. Our email contact list is legitimate. My initial request for account reinstatement was denied. Need help getting reinstated. Details below: [more inside]
posted by valannc on Apr 3, 2015 - 14 answers

How can I boost my portfolio ranking on Google?

I currently pay for a Cargo membership, but my ranking is really terrible even though I have a steady stream of visitors according to Google Analytics. Do I have to switch over to something custom like Wordpress (or any other service), or can I boost my ranking with some low-cost tricks?
posted by omar.a on Apr 3, 2015 - 3 answers

I Want To Build My Own Google

What I'd like to do is crawl a list of 5000 to maybe 10,000 max URLs on a weekly basis, searching for a couple of specific terms. I don't see a way to set that up with Google Custom Search. I have access to server space and am comfortable enough with PHP or Python to configure a dB and script if needed. There are countless options out there. Anybody have specific experience to point me in the right direction?
posted by COD on Apr 2, 2015 - 9 answers

Your calendar event has been rescheduled to the exact same time. (Not)

I use Google Calendar. My colleague uses Outlook. Whenever he re-schedules a calendar event, I just get an email with the old event time. Help?! [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Mar 25, 2015 - 1 answer

What is the difference between Ebscohost, Archive.org, Google...etc?

What is the difference between EBSCOhost, Archive.org, Google, WorldCat...etc? [more inside]
posted by PHINC on Feb 24, 2015 - 4 answers

Help me archive email from a GMail account on an ongoing basis

I'd like to export past and future emails received by a pair of GMail accounts to my own local disk, or some other (non-Google) archiving solution. I'd like to do this automatically and regularly, with minimal intervention, without adding these accounts to my primary mail client. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by RedOrGreen on Feb 19, 2015 - 7 answers

How to turn off Google Photos

I don't think there's any way to uninstall the Google Photo bloatware on my unrooted Android phone, which is super-annoying. I've turned off "upload to Google+" but am angsty that one day, after an update or whatever, it might re-default to upload. I don't want Google saving copies of my stuff, and I am not reassured by their help materials, which talk about me "not seeing" the images anymore if I delete them. That's not the same as Google not having them, which is what I'm trying to avoid. Without rooting my phone, is there a way I can delete the app, or stop it from storing my stuff? [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Feb 14, 2015 - 5 answers

Next Steps on Google Analytics?

I've linked Google Analytics to my business site and have had the tracking code pasted into my pages. I am not sure how to proceed to the next step. How would I go about seeing the data from the site? It is a wordpress site
posted by goalyeehah on Feb 10, 2015 - 4 answers

How to assess ability to look things up for yourself in an interview

What question can I ask undergrad research assistant candidates to see whether they are good at looking things up on their own? [more inside]
posted by cogitron on Feb 6, 2015 - 14 answers

Google Sheets/excel question

So I am trying to do a simple equation in the googlesheets/excel and it is not working. any ideas why? So this is what I am trying to find =11/9752, but using the cells rather than typing in the numbers. I want to make this a rate, so x100,000. I keep getting an errror. Thanks! so cell A1 IS "11" and cell A2 is "9752" it should be=a1/a2*100000 but I get an error
posted by cheetahchick on Feb 5, 2015 - 10 answers

Scantron Is Not An Option

Is there a way to create a Google Forms quiz which will grade itself and email or text me the results? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jan 29, 2015 - 9 answers

How can I see GA flow data through a specific page?

Is there a way to see Google Analytics Visitor or User flow data into a specific page? I can only seem to find ways to change the entry page or segment by country, etc. [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum on Jan 6, 2015 - 1 answer

Googlesharing is dead. Long live...the alternative?

The Firefox addon Googlesharing is now completely dead. It's not compatible with current and later versions of Firefox at all, even when hacking it to make the version numbers compatible. Firefox has a different method of proxying, or something. What's a good alternative? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Jan 5, 2015 - 0 answers

Gmail-like interface on my own domain, without using their servers?

I would like to use the gmail interface for my own domain. Is this possible without relying on google servers, which are blocked in China? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by krautland on Dec 29, 2014 - 8 answers

How does Google Books decide which books are open access?

Many apparently out-of-copyright books on Google Books are open access. Others return limited sections in response to search queries. Yet others are completely inaccessible. Why?
posted by dontjumplarry on Dec 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Resolving a Google AdWords Billing Error

Short story: We're up-to-date on our AdWords payments, but due to a glitch in their system, they still show us to be in arrears. We haven't been able to reach anyone who's able to ... fix ... the glitch. [more inside]
posted by syzygy on Dec 11, 2014 - 2 answers

Help my mom get her Gmail back

My mother's Google account was recently broken into by phishers. They changed her password and phone number. In her attempts to recover her account, she made several major mistakes early on and it now seems like she may not be able to recover the account via the tools provided by Google. All of her financial information is in this account, and she's going a little nuts. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Dec 8, 2014 - 6 answers

My Google Calendar is Not My Own

I posted about getting misdirected GMail. It's gotten worse. Now my Google calendar is chockful of someone else's life. [more inside]
posted by tizzie on Dec 8, 2014 - 17 answers

Help needed with Google docs

I LOVE google drive, and google docs. However, I have a pdf file that I want to convert to a word/google doc, and I want to write inside of it. It would be great if I could save teh image to teh background to write on top of it, but I can not figure it out. Any ideas? thanks! I included the link below. link
posted by cheetahchick on Nov 23, 2014 - 3 answers

How to turn gmail security features off?

I live internationally, mostly in China. My IP adress changes on an hourly basis. [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc on Nov 18, 2014 - 4 answers

How did I skip across the entire US in an hour?

I rarely check Google Location but it's always fascinating when I do. I just did a bit of travelling around Florida and am perplexed by the readings. Suddenly I appear to leap from the Florida Keys to California and back again in the space of a couple of hours. Obviously I didn't do this. My phone wasn't on the whole time - it died around when I got 'back' to the Everglades. I've put up a screengrab of this time-bending excursion - any insights as to how this happened are most welcome.
posted by srednivashtar on Nov 16, 2014 - 6 answers

Little Bit of This, Little Bit of That (Google Maps Edition)

Can I search for two separate stores (or whatever) on (New) Google Maps to find not only which location of each is closest to me, but also where the two stores are closest to each other? [more inside]
posted by papayaninja on Nov 15, 2014 - 1 answer

Everyday it's a-gettin' closer...

There's a short list of tasks that I need to do every single day, and some that I only need to do on weekdays, or only on Tuesdays, etc. How do I manage this given some constraints? [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Nov 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Will hyphens impact SEO if I bridge two words together as one?

So it looks like hyphens in domain names do mean lower positing in Google’s SERP but does this mean the same for keywords? For example, my site contains the word 'multi media' but I would like to change that to 'multimedia' on every occurance. Is this ok? Will it impact my SEO?
posted by bostonhill on Nov 10, 2014 - 6 answers

Stop reminding me!

My Google Calendar somehow defaulted to 'add reminder 10 minutes before' for entering events at some point a while ago that I did not notice. Lately, ALL THE EVENTS have been popping up reminders, and exploding my phone (and desktop). Is there a way to globally remove all the reminders everywhere on my calendar? I would love to avoid manually checking every event/appointment to reset it.
posted by Dashy on Nov 5, 2014 - 13 answers

Traffic Information and my Calendar

Trying to find a good way to automate an alert letting me know I need to leave for work to arrive on time (based on curent traffic conditions) and Google Now is failing me. [more inside]
posted by szg8 on Oct 29, 2014 - 6 answers

Google Maps android app doesn't know my exact position

I have no problems with Google Maps as a navigation aid. It always finds my exact location and turn by turn directions works perfect. But when I first start the app (so I'm in map mode, not navigation mode), I get a large pale blue circle around my location. [more inside]
posted by ga4ry on Sep 28, 2014 - 10 answers

How can I segregate my Google Play Books for different family members?

My kids have just started buying books from Google Play. All of our books are in one big library. How do I go about organising them so that we each only see our own books? [more inside]
posted by pipeski on Sep 26, 2014 - 2 answers

Android Widget that displays Google Spreadsheet data?

Is there an Android Widget that will allow me to display a subset of data from Google Spreadsheets? I keep track of my budget in a spreadsheet, and I would like to display the balances in a quick way on my phone without actually having to open the Google Sheets application. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Sep 20, 2014 - 3 answers

Can I "walk through" a route in Google Street View?

Am I using Google Street View wrong? I have two destinations in Google Maps and the resulting route was calculated. What I would like to do is "walk through" the path in the full screen street view. Is this possible? Because it's not working the way I would expect and ironically my Google-Fu is not really helping me. [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Sep 20, 2014 - 7 answers

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