5 New Google Apps Features to Keep You Organized, Productive

Google rolls out a number of updates to its Apps suite every month. Here are five of the best ones you may have missed.

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Tue, June 14, 2011
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Every Google Calendar has its own personal appointments sign-up page, which you can either embed on your website or direct friends and clients to via a URL. You can find this URL at the top of the set-up page, which you can access via the "Edit details" link.

4. Pasting Images into Gmail

About a year ago, Google announced an easier way to upload attachments to an email—by simply dragging it from your computer and dropping it into Gmail. Google has once again refined this feature, now letting you paste images straight from your clipboard, too.

Right now, this feature is only available if you're using the latest version of Google Chrome, but Google says it hopes to enable it on other browsers soon. So, if you need to send along a screenshot to colleagues or family members, for example, copy the image on your screen and paste it right into the body of your email.

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5. Google Docs for Android

Since many people regularly email and browse from their smartphones, Google has extended its mobile capabilities to its Docs suite, letting users access, edit and share content on the go.

The new app lets you filter and search for your content across any Google account, then edit docs using the online mobile editors. You can also share items with contacts on your phone from within the app as well.

Among the app's other capabilities: uploading content from your phone (such as a photo), opening documents directly from Gmail, and adding widgets to your home screen to quickly access starred documents, take a photo to upload or create a new document.

Lastly, the Google Docs for Android app lets you use your phone's camera to turn photos with text into editable Google docs with its optical character recognition (OCR) feature. You can access this by selecting "Document from Photo" or clicking the camera icon from the widget. Your converted document will appear in your documents list shortly after you take the picture.

Kristin Burnham covers consumer technology, social networking and Web 2.0 for CIO.com. Follow Kristin on Twitter @kmburnham. Follow everything from CIO.com on Twitter @CIOonline and on Facebook. Email Kristin at kburnham@cio.com

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