Monday 5 December 2016

Right click does the trick


Left click chooses, right click presents alternatives

.Following my post about Google Keep here’s a reminder of two useful Google Drive functions.

1. Text can be extracted from images in your Google Drive using right click to Open with Google Docs.
2. Upload a PDF, right click to Open with Google Docs to extract the text.

Google provides these tips to obtain the best results.
  • Resolution: Text should be at least 10 pixels in height.
  • Orientation: Documents must be right-side up. If your image is facing the wrong way, rotate it before uploading it to Google Drive.
  • Languages, fonts, and character sets: Google Drive will detect the language of the document. You'll get better results if your image includes common fonts such as Arial or Times New Roman.
  • Image quality: Sharp images with even lighting and clear contrasts work best. Blurry photos will decrease the quality of the text.
  • File size: The maximum size for images and PDF files is 2 MB.

Right click on a PDF


There are plenty of add-ons for Google Docs and Sheets. These provide extra functions. Two of my favourites in Docs are Change Case and Easy Accents seen listed here in the Add-ons menu in Google Docs. Simply choose Get add-ons to explore the wide range available.
Some Add-ons for Google Docs

Google Sheets

The Power Tools Add-on for Google Sheets adds a myriad of functions under each heading: Remove, Clear, Text, Split, Functions, Data and Convert.

Do you have favourite Add-ons in Google Docs and Sheets?


  1. This a a clearly written and useful post about Google Drive. I use it for basic stuff but for more sophisticated manipulation I have been using Excel. But it is a rather complicated tool for manipulating text in spreadsheets. My preferred spreadsheet manipulation tool is <a href=">Open Refine</a>. As a result of reading your post I checked out Google Add-ons. That Power Tools Add-on you mention has good reviews so I have installed it. I have also installed Export Sheet Data which allows you to export your spreadsheet into XML or JSON format. There is also a Gmail Scheduler add-on which allows you to use a Google spreadsheet to schedule the sending of emails some time in the future. That would be useful for some people.

    As you can see your post has got me exploring - thank you.

    1. Thanks for visiting, I shall explore Open Refine.


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