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Organize Your Google Drive

Creating an organized environment in your Google Drive may save you time (and frustration) from searching endlessly for that Google Doc that was shared with you last week.   The tips below will help improve your productivity and organization in Google Drive.

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Advanced Google Search

When most of us want to find something on the web we simply go to, type a phrase or question and hope that we get all of our answers on the first page. Unfortunately, that happens a LOT less than we’d like.

A LONG time ago, people used to memorize something called “boolean” expressions (OR, AND and NOT, for example)  to really find ‘exactly’ what they wanted but they were hard to remember. To help with this, Google built a very easy to use “Advanced” search tool.

First, here’s how to find it. You can visit the advanced search page directly at or you can choose it from the main google search page (

  • Visit
  • Select “Settings” in the lower right-hand corner of the page

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  • Select “Advanced Search”

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  • You will now find yourself at Google’s Advanced Search page, which looks like this:

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Ok, so now you’ve found the proper page, how do you use it? The good news, just read the descriptions next to each field and you’ll get a good idea on what text to enter. The real trick is to use a number of these fields to narrow down the very best results you can find on the internet. For example, doing a PBL on Eggplant but you’re tired of getting eggplant parmesan recipes?

try the following:w

  • In “All these words:” type “eggplant”
  • In “none of these words:” type “parmesan”
  • Click “Advanced Search” at the bottom.

The results are dramatically different. There are many uses for these advanced search options so give some of them a try!


Student Access to English ePortfolio Folder

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Save YouTube Videos Before Leaving BA

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Transfer Google Drive Files to Personal Gmail Account

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Moving Your E-Mail from Brewster Academy to your own Gmail account

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Off-Line Access to Google Files

We all LOVE using Google Docs for the reliability of automatic saving and always having access to our files BUT what to do when you find yourself in the “NO WIFI!!” situation?

Be prepared by enabling a few settings now and you will be able to access your documents when you are without internet service.  You can view and edit Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides files off-line.

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Calendar Gadget in Gmail


Sometimes it is the little time-savers or “gadgets” that make our daily routines just a little easier without us ever realizing it.  Gmail has a Calendar Gadget that may just make your day!  The Calendar Gadget will allow you to view your daily events right in your Gmail window sidebar.

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Organize Email with Gmail’s Tabbed Inbox

We’re all Gmail users here at BA and I know we’ve all ended up with an inbox so full of email we sometimes have trouble finding the message we want quickly. Google understands this and is always trying to help us organize our endless streams of email. One of their biggest features is called the “Tabbed Mailbox”. To put it simply, instead of having one place where all your email shows up, they’ve broken that up into four distinct “tabs” to automatically sort your incoming Continue reading “Organize Email with Gmail’s Tabbed Inbox”

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