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Search is a search is a search...

Back in the olden days I had a whole slew of search engines I would use to find stuff on the interwebs, some engines were better than others, some were slanted in areas, science, images, etc. These days I just use Google and it seems to do me pretty well. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Nov 11, 2015 - 8 answers

Centering histogram labels in Google Sheets

How do I get the x-axis labels on my Google Sheets-generated histogram to be centered under the bars? [more inside]
posted by smangosbubbles on Nov 2, 2015 - 3 answers

How to create a dynamic Google Form for entering tutoring logs

Our students attend tutoring before and after school, and we need documentation of their attendance. We currently use a paper-based system and would like to move to a system based in Google Forms. [more inside]
posted by allison00 on Oct 28, 2015 - 2 answers

Google is Freezing.

Why is Google search always freezing? [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Oct 21, 2015 - 5 answers

Google Analytics alternatives - what do you get using something else ?

Alternatives to Google Analytics - why and what ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 on Oct 11, 2015 - 8 answers

The g stands for get off my lawn, football doodles.

I'm sure there's a setting tweak for this, but how can I set my Google homepage so that I still see Google Doodles but get whatever cool stuff the world outside of the U.S. is getting instead of these stupid, stupid American football animations every single Sunday from now until January? Google Doodles are generally so awesome, and these are so lame that I hate them and never want to see them again. I'm using chrome on both my android phone & PC.
posted by deludingmyself on Oct 4, 2015 - 8 answers

Sharing Google calendar in iOS without sharing email

How can my ex-wife and I share our Google calendars with each other in iOS so they're available on our iPhones, but without having access to each other's email? [more inside]
posted by Arthur Vandelay on Sep 30, 2015 - 5 answers

Can my two Google accounts get Google married?

Back in 2012 when I set up my gmail account, I stupidly signed up for a Google account, forgetting that I already had one. Now my gmail and YouTube accounts are registered to one account while my blogs are registered to the other. It drives me crazy to have to be signing in and out several times a day to access whatever service I need. Is there any way I can merge the two accounts or transfer everything to the one account?
posted by orange swan on Sep 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Upgrading Google Drive Storage Quandry

Google Drive wants me to upgrade my storage by the beginning of October or I will lose my data. But I have a 1 TB promo that lasts until 2017. Should I buy the extra storage? (screenshots included below) [more inside]
posted by Nevin on Sep 26, 2015 - 4 answers

What’s Google know about me? How?

I’ve got questions about Google searches and results. [more inside]
posted by Marky on Sep 19, 2015 - 8 answers

Change starting address on Google Maps on iPhone - plea from a stranger

At my business I received an email from a customer who is trying to navigate using their iPhone. Some strange text is in the default starting location in Google Maps, and they are 70 and don't know how to change it to their actual home address. [more inside]
posted by lockedroomguy on Sep 11, 2015 - 2 answers

Help me escape Excel hell

I need to build a database that's viewable on the web, but for internal use only, among friends. How to do this painlessly? Google spreadsheet is not exactly making it any easier. [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Sep 10, 2015 - 9 answers

How do I Google Music?

I was an early adopter of Google Music with the "all access" feature, and have been generally happy with the service for listening to my own library of music and adding new albums from artists I already know I like. The one thing I really don't care for is the automated playlists. Is there any way to improve its suggestions? Should I try to use some other feature of the service to find music? Or is it just not very good for this task? [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Sep 3, 2015 - 2 answers

Managing photos in a post-Picasa (?) world

What next for Picasa? We've been using Google's free image manager since its inception and have accumulated nearly 130,000 pictures (330GB), along with associated favourites, edits, crops, etc. But Picasa isn't supported on Windows 8.1, let alone Windows 10, so what's next? [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on Sep 1, 2015 - 14 answers

Spreadsheet - Naming calendar quarters with custom date

I'm struggling to do something in a spreadsheet (I'm using Google Spreadsheets, but could use Mac Excel or Numbers if needed). I want to automatically fill one cell with the name of the calendar quarter (e.g. "Q3-2015") based on a user-entered date in another cell. To make it more complicated, the "quarters" don't begin/end on standard dates. [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Aug 29, 2015 - 4 answers

How to show all open programs in one window in Win 7 and Google Chrome

I want to know how to show small windows of each of my open programs on my screen [more inside]
posted by lometogo on Aug 26, 2015 - 6 answers

Is there a way to google twitter accounts without followers?

I would like to observe some active twitter accounts without followers, or with very few followers (let's say, no more than 3). Is there a way to search those particular accounts? Is there a google ninja (or bing, or yandex) that may help me?
posted by - on Aug 11, 2015 - 2 answers

Blogs or other resources for Android security news?

Where do you go to find the most up-to-date news on Android security issues--especially the current Stagefright problems? [more inside]
posted by equalpants on Aug 2, 2015 - 3 answers

Where can I find this Google-able infant toy?

In mid-2007, I found an item for infants on the Internet. It was essentially, a printed-out piece of glossy cardboard. You cut it out, and put tabs in slots, and it's a glossy cardboard cube. 2" all around. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Jul 29, 2015 - 7 answers

Why won't Google show me a URL for an image search?

When I do a search in Google (in every browser on my Mountain Lion Mac), in the URL field there is the URL for the google search. Of course. If I click on "images," instead of a URL showing, I now just get the search response (ie, searching for "what the hell", instead of showing 'https://google.com/search+whateverblahblahblah' it just shows "what the hell" in the URL field. This is new since yesterday! Any ideas to reset it? Thanks.
posted by betsbillabong on Jul 23, 2015 - 8 answers

I hate change, how to REVERT to OLD Google DRIVE and Word 2010 layout

The first issue is pretty basic, I no longer see the 'go back to the old google drive' option? Is it there somewhere? How can I switch back? Also, just updated to Word 2013 in Windows 7, but I like the page layout better in Word 2010, anyone know what I am talking about and how to get that layout back? it just looks weird in 2013- can't put my finger on it yet, but its ticking me off as I do not like change (I know, I know, but humor me).
posted by TRUELOTUS on Jul 9, 2015 - 7 answers

Why am I having to sign in again and again on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter?

I am constantly having to sign in again on Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter on my laptop (2014 Macbook running Yosemite and generally using Safari browser, but same issue occurs when I use Chrome too) even though I select the option for the browser to remember to stay signed in and to remember my laptop & browser. [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Jul 6, 2015 - 5 answers

Do "instant mixes" still exist in Google play music?

I can't find how to have Google create a playlist using only my music on my phone. Does it still exist? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Jul 5, 2015 - 7 answers

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 - 6 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

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