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Mon, Nov 12, 2018 6:13 pm

Adding Google Drive to Nautilus File Manager

Google, unfortunately, does not provide a software package for Linux for Google Drive support. However, one can still get support for Google Drive through third-party software or one can use support provided with GNOME Files, aka Nautilus, which is the default file manager for the GNOME desktop software under CentOS 7 Linux. To be able to access files and transfer files to and from Google Drive storage under CentOS 7 Linux, take the following steps:
  1. Click on Applications at the top, left-hand corner of the screen and select System Tools.

  2. Then select Settings.

  3. Select Online Accounts from Settings.

  4. In the online accounts list, click on Google.

  5. You will then be presented with a Google Account sign in window where you can provide your Google credentials, e.g., an email address or phone number.

  6. After you hit enter and log in, you will then be asked to accede to allowing GNOME to access your Google account, which will allow GNOME the following access:

    • Read, compose, send, and permanently delete all your email from Gmail
    • See, edit, create, and delete all your Google Drive files
    • See, edit, create, and delete any of your Google Drive documents
    • Manage your printers
    • See, edit, download, and permanently delete your contacts
    • See, edit, create, and delete your spreadsheets in Google Drive
    • See, edit, share, and permanently delete all the calendars you can access using Google Calendar
    • Manage your photos and videos
    • View and send chat messages
    • Create, edit, organize, and delete all your tasks

      You can scroll down to the bottom of the list and click on the Allow button to accept the agreement. You can then close the Google Account window by clicking on the "X" at the top, right-hand side of the window.

If you then click on Applications and Files, you should see your Google account listed at the left side of the window. You can then copy files to and from your Google Drive folders to the local host or access files already stored in Google Drive.

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Tue, Feb 09, 2016 10:04 pm

Free 2 GB Google Drive storage increase on Safer Internet Day

Since today is the yearly Safer Internet Day, you can get a free, permanent additional 2 gigabytes (GB) of storage on Google Drive today just by checking the security settings for any Google account you may have, e.g., a Gmail account. If you are signed into your Google account in your browser, when you go to, you should see "It's #SaferInternetDay. Stay safe online with a 2-minute Security Checkup". If you click on the "Security Checkup" link you will be prompted to verify your security settings. If you are not signed in, you will see "It’s #SaferInternetDay. Explore tips to help you stay safe online", instead. You can also start the process by going to Security Checkup and signing in to your Google account from that page.

If you missed the storage upgrade opportunity on February 9, Valentina Palladino notes in Today you can get 2GB of Google Drive storage for free that "There's no word on when this 2GB offer will expire, but you have at least one week to complete the security check-up."

It should only take about a minute to complete the process. At the first step of the process you will be prompted to "Check your recovery information" for your account.

Help us get in touch with you if there’s unusual activity in your account or you accidentally get locked out. Don’t worry, we’ll only use this info if we need to reach you about your account.

You will be asked to verify that your recovery phone number, recovery email address, and security question are correct. At the next step you will be asked to "Check your connected devices"

Next, please review the devices connected to your Google Account. Let us know if any of these devices look unfamiliar to you, and we'll work together to ensure no one else has access to your account.

You will be shown a list of devices identified as "Windows", "Linux", etc. depending on what devices you use to access your account, and a city where that device was used to log into your Google account. If they look ok to you, you can click on "Looks good" and proceed to the next step, which is "Check your account permissions". E.g., if you use Google Drive, you may see it listed with "Has some account access, including Google Drive, Google Hangouts". You will see other services listed to which you've given permission to access some information associated with your Google account. You will see the date authorization was granted to a service and you have the opportunity to remove access to Google account information by that service. If they all look ok, you can click on "Done" to complete the process. If you click on "Continue to account settings", if you click on "Your Google Drive storage" under "Account preferences" on the left side of the browser window, you should see that you've been granted another 2 GB of storage on Google Drive.

The files that you store in Google Drive are always encrypted in transit between your systems and Google's servers and also while stored in Google’s data centers. By confirming the settings for your account, also, you help to ensure the security and privacy of the data that you store using Google's services.


  1. Today you can get 2GB of Google Drive storage for free
    Yet another annual promotion from Google, marking Safer Internet Day 2016.
    By Valentina Palladino
    Date: February 9, 2016
  2. Google Is Awarding 2GB Of Free Drive Space To Promote Safer Internet Day
    By: Amit Chowdhry
    Date: February 9, 2016

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Tue, Dec 01, 2015 11:06 pm

Finding and Using a Google Voice Number

I use my personal cell phone for work purposes as well, since I don't want to carry two cell phones. I have the phone's number registered with the U.S. government's National Do Not Call Registry. Unfortunately, though, that has not stopped all telemarketers from calling. Since I can't know the phone number for everyone who may call me for work-related purposes, I can't choose to ignore incoming calls based on whether I recognize the incoming number and often telemarketers spoof calling numbers, so that, for instance, if you have a phone number that is 555-555-5555, the telemarketer will spoof the number from which calls are being placed so that you see a similar number as the calling number, e.g., 555-555-5566, which may lead those called to assume the caller is someone local that they may know.

When I'm working I don't want to be interrupted by telemarketing calls, requests for donations, political spiels, etc. So I registered for a Google Voice number, which provides me with another phone number that I can provide to businesses or other entities that I believe may possibly sell my phone number to others or call me when I don't want interruptions because I'm working on something I need to focus on. Through the Google Voice webpage, I can configure the settings for the phone number provided by Google to automatically forward calls and text messages to the Google Voice number to my mobile number or stop the forwarding of calls and texts to the mobile number. When calls/texts aren't forwarded, callers can leave voice messages, which you can listen to through the Google Voice webpage or from email in your inbox. You can also view text messages the same way.

E.g., I wanted to check on refinancing my mortgage through LendingTree which required I provide a phone number at the website. I didn't want to provide my mobile number for fear I might start receiving a large number of calls when I'm trying to work. I don't want to turn off the phone, at such times which would mean I might miss work-related or calls or texts from family members. And I can't be certain that my phone number won't be sold to many telemarketers increasing the number of annoying telemarketing calls I receive. So I provided the Google Voice number. If at some point in the future I find I'm receiving a large number of unwanted calls to that number, I can just delete that number from my Google Account.

The process for obtaining a Google Voice number, which is free, is fairly simple.

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Tue, Oct 20, 2015 8:32 pm

Synching Google Drive from the command line

If you want to synchronize files stored on a computer with the Google Drive cloud from the command line, the only way to do so currently using the application provided by Google appears to be to kill the googledrivesync.exe process that handles the synchronization and then restart it. You can kill the processes - there are actually two of them running with the same "googledrivesync.exe" name - from the command line with taskkill /f /fi "imagename eq googledrivesync.exe" and then restart them with the command "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Drive\googledrivesync, assuming that the googledrivesync application is stored in the default location of "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Drive\.

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Thu, Jun 25, 2015 10:46 pm

Defining a name for a cell in Google Sheets

If you are using Google Sheets, which is a free online spreadsheet service that is part of Google Docs, for spreadsheets and need to define a name for a cell as one can do in Microsoft Excel, select the cell for which you wish to create a name so that you can reference the cell by that name rather than its specific location, such as Sales!B3 to reference the cell in column B row 3 on the Sales worksheet, take the following steps, assuming you wished the name to be Bobs_Sales:
  1. Select Data from the menu bar at the top of the spreadsheet window.
  2. Select Named ranges.
  3. Click on Add a range.

    Named ranges - add a range

  4. Fill in the name you wish to use to refer to the cell and below it the location, which can include the sheet name, if you have multiple worksheets in the spreadsheet, followed by an exclamation mark, i.e., !, and then the cell location, i.e., columan and row, e.g., Sales!B3.

    Named ranges - name defined

  5. Click on Done to add the name and close the Named ranges window by clicking on the "X" in the upper, right-hand corner.

You could then put =Bobs_Sales in a cell in the same sheet or another sheet in the workbook to have the value stored in Sales!B3 appear in the location where you've placed =Bobs_Sales. That allows you to use a name that is easy for you to remember rather than having to remember or look up the specific location for the data.

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Fri, May 29, 2015 9:29 pm

Counting cells that aren't blank in Google Sheets

To count the number of cells containing content, i.e., those that aren't blank, in Google Sheets, which is part of Google Docs and is Google's online equivalent of Microsoft Excel you can use COUNTIF or COUNTA. E.g., suppose you wish to count the number of cells in column A from A2 to A64 which contain data, ignoring any cells that are blank. You could use COUNTIF(A2:A64,"<>"). The "<>", instructs Google Sheets to only count cells that don't have a null value, i.e., ones containing some data. Alternatively, you could use COUNTA(A2:A64). If you wanted the number that were blank, you could use COUNTBLANK(A2:A64).

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Sun, May 10, 2015 5:55 pm

Google Index Status and Crawl Errors

If you use Google Analytics to monitor your site, Google provides a number of reports that can be used to find issues related to Google's crawling of your site, such as Google Index Status and Crawl Errors.

For instance, I often use Google to find articles on my own site when I encounter a problem that I resolved previously while working on someone's computer when I can't remember exactly what I did previously or the cause of the same issue when I previously encountered it. I go to and spcify some keywords I know would be on the page or blog posting I created and follow the keywords with so Google returns only results from my site. But I've recently found that Google is reporting it has found no results for my site when I know it should be finding them since I know the Googlebot has crawled the site subsequent to my posting the entries on the site, some of which I posted quite some time ago, and since it has shown me results that indicate it has indexed material from the site only the day before. Checking the Index Status report for my site, I found that the number of pages indexed has declined considerably since this time last year, whereas I haven't deleted pages and have added over one hundred pages/blog entries since that time. Checking the Crawl Errors report, I see quite a few "Not found" entries I need to fix, but they don't explain the decline in the number of indexed entries, so I know I need to do further investigation.

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Thu, Mar 05, 2015 2:09 pm

Referencing a Google sheet with a space in the name

If you are using Google Sheets, which is Google's free, web-based spreadsheet program, for a spreadsheet and need to reference a sheet in a workboook that has a space in the name from another sheet, you need to enclose the name of the sheet in single quotes. E.g., if I have a sheet named 2014 MoonPoint and need to reference a cell, e.g., D292, in that sheet from another sheet, I could use '2014 Moonpoint'!D292 to reference the cell from which I need to obtain information. You will also need to use single quotes to enclose the name if you have other non-alphanumeric characters in the name, i.e., if you use other characters besides letters and numbers in the name.

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Tue, Feb 17, 2015 11:46 am

Reverting to a prior revision in Google Sheets

I sorted a spreadsheet created in Google Sheets on a column containing a date in order to revert to my original ordering of the data after sorting on a column containing numbers. The spreadsheet had a header row and another row at the bottom of the column where I summed values in the column I had first sorted on. I was hoping merely to undo the result of the numerical sort and get back to the sorting by date, but I found that the sort on the date column put the header row at the bottom of the worksheet along with the monthly sort by numeric value, i.e., it sorted on those rows as well. I could have avoided including those in the sort by selecting just the rows I wanted sorted by clicking on the first row I wanted sorted and then the last one while holding down the shift key, but I hadn't done that.

I couldn't find any way to unsort the data, i.e., to turn off the sorting to revert to my original ordering, but Google Sheets does provide the capability to revert to a prior version of a document. To do so, click on "File" at the top of the workbook then select "See revision history", which you can also get to by Ctrl+Alt+Shift+G. You will then see a "Revision history" list with the times of prior revisions. You can select one of those to restore a prior version of the workbook. When you click on the entry for a prior revision, a link will appear beneath it to "Restore this revision". You will also be shown the workbook as it looked for the prior revision, so you can decide whether that is the revision you wish to restore before actually restoring it.

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Mon, Jan 19, 2015 7:21 pm

How to have quotes inside a title for a hyperlink in Google Sheets

Google Sheets provide a free online spreadsheet program. If you want to insert a URL into a cell in a Google sheet, the syntax is =HYPERLINK(URL,cell_text). The cell_text is the text displayed for the URL. It is an optional argument; if it isn't provided, the URL will be displayed. The URL and cell_text need to be enclosed in double quotes.

So, how do you specify cell text when that text includes quotation marks. E.g., for a title of Fixing "To" Addresses in a Queued Message, using =hyperlink(","Fixing "To" Addresses in a Queued Message") won't work, since the first double quote character appearing after the beginning one before Fixing signals the end of the cell_text. Often a backslash character, \ can serve as an escape character indicating that the character that follows isn't to be treated the way it would normally be treated by software, i.e., any special significance for the following character is to be ignored. But in this case that didn't work. I still saw #ERROR! in the cell and a little red triangle in the cell that when clicked on displayed Error: Parse. Nor would using the &ldquote; and &rdquote; that can be used in HTML coding to signify left and right double quotes. That just resulted in that text being displayed with the rest of the cell text. What I found did work was to use the double quote character itself as an escape character, so that if two double quotes are placed one after the other in cell_text, a double quote will appear within the cell_text. E.g., in the above case, =hyperlink("","Fixing ""To"" Addresses in a Queued Message") worked to display Fixing "To" Addresses in a Queued Message for the cell text. You don't need to escape any single quotes within the cell_text, only the double quotes. You can also escape double quote characters within a URL the same way.

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