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Google Group Message Archives

Did you know that every email message sent to Academy Personnel or your Team or your Department or ANY Google Group are all stored forever in the Google Group Archives? You can access the Archives and find any and all old messages…here is how!

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Add a Thesaurus to Google Docs!

Have you ever wanted a simple, yet powerful thesaurus built right into Google Docs? Thesaurus Pro is a free add-on to Google Docs that’s both free AND well reviewed. Here’s how to add it: Continue reading “Add a Thesaurus to Google Docs!”

Recent & Starred Files in Google Drive

Finding files in Google Drive can sometimes be challenging.  A few built-in shortcuts may help you navigate your files more efficiently – Recent and Starred files.
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What to Do if You Spill Liquid on Your Device!

It happens! Here in IT, we see our community members dealing with liquid spills on their laptops and phones all the time.  Unfortunately, many people make the same mistakes that ultimately lead to the death of their laptop, phone or other electronic device. Here are a few quick tips to help you survive this disaster! Continue reading “What to Do if You Spill Liquid on Your Device!”

Gmail Canned Response

If you find yourself typing the same messages or text blocks over and over, you will want to use Gmail’s Canned Responses. Continue reading “Gmail Canned Response”

When in Doubt…Restart!

Slow Computer?

Spinning Beach Ball?spinning-beachball.png                        Documents, Photos or Applications not opening? Phone not acting normal?

Here is a quick fix… RESTART!

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Automatically Convert MS Files to Google Files when Uploaded


You can automatically convert Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files to the Google Doc format by uploading them into your Google Drive folder via the web. Just following these steps:

  1. Go to the Google Drive settings in the upper right cornerScreen Shot 2015-11-05 at 10.34.58 AM
  2. Make sure the “Convert Uploads” checkbox is checked and click Done.screen-shot-2017-01-13-at-11-54-18-am
  3. Now anytime you upload a Word, Excel, and PowerPoint file, it will automatically be converted to the Google format.

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Prevent CrashPlan Backups from Taking Place on your Home Network

Prevent your backup from occurring on a home network. Note:  this must be completed when you can connect to your home network. Continue reading “Prevent CrashPlan Backups from Taking Place on your Home Network”

View Your CrashPlan Backup Progress

To see your backup progress, simply click on the CrashPlan icon in the top bar on your screen, click on the Gear icon and select “Open Code42 CrashPlan…” Continue reading “View Your CrashPlan Backup Progress”

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