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Google docs forms confirmation email when someone signs up?

When you are using google docs forms so people can sign up to an event. Is it possible to make the form send out a confirmation email when someone registers?
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How to download lots of pictures sent via Google Drive in Gmail

I got sent a few hundred pics from Gmail to Gmail, but on their end they were sent using Google Drive, so they are just links, and there's not a “download all” link. And I can't access the parent ...
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Why doesn't my picture appear next to my name when I add comments to a Google doc?

When I add comments to a Google doc, there's a place-holder for my picture, but my actual picture does not show up. For other commenters, their picture does show up. I have a picture set in my ...
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Search for publicly shared files on Google Drive

Is there any feature in Google Drive to search for files and folders shared publicly by other users? I have uploaded some e-books online and I need to know how the public users can access them without ...
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Easiest way to transfer Google data between accounts

Previously we had free accounts with Google for our Calendars, Contacts etc. We are now signed up as App Business and have new accounts. What is the easiest way to transfer: Google Calendar Google ...
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Add editors to Google Docs without allowing them to see the document

For our organization I'd like to have an online Google Docs Spreadsheet to which all co-workers can submit info, but only the owner (in this case me) can see the document. I've taken a look at the ...
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Google Drive: copy a file with the web interface

I want to copy a file in my Google Drive using the web interface. Adding it to another folder seems to create a hard link rather than a file that can be changed independently of the original. There ...
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Is it possible to have clean URLs for Google Drive items? [closed]

Is it possible to have clean URLs for Google Drive items? By items I mean folders (collections) and files. There are currently horrendously long strings of numbers and letters in a URL. They look ...
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Does Google Docs online use HTML5?

Does Google Docs online use HTML5 technology or use Gears now?
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How can I prioritize files to transfer using Google Drive (or similar software)? [closed]

Is it possible to prioritize files to transfer using Google Drive, or with one of its competitors such as AeroFS or Dropbox? I'd like to be able to choose which files and folders to synchonize first, ...
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How do I stop Google Docs from opening documents in new tabs?

Is there any way to stop Google Docs from opening documents in new tabs? For example, when I use Google Docs, and when I click on a document, the UI always opens a new tab. It's really frustrating (I ...
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Upload to Google Docs through email

How do I upload a document to Google Docs through an email attachment? I remember seeing a feature of being able to email my document through and have it saved in Google Docs. Does this still work ...
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How can I add a shortcut on my desktop to a document in Google Docs?

I would like to have a shortcut on my desktop to an Excel document in Google Docs. How can I create a shortcut (icon) like this? I use Google Chrome as web browser.
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How to use full screen width in Google Docs

How can I use the full screen width in Google Docs? Since the latest revision, it appears that a fixed-width display is all that's available. If I'm not printing, I have no reason to see a paper-size ...
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How to easily select multiple cells in Google Spreadsheets?

How do I select multiple cells in Google Spreadsheets (non related cells, other cells between them)? In MS Excel I just press Ctrl and click on all the cells, in Google Spreadsheets it doesn't work. ...
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Google Docs keeps reverting to Arial 11pt

I use Google Docs for typing up a lot of work, and I like to type it up in Garamond. However when I add line-breaks sometimes Google Docs decides to revert to Arial 11pt (the default style for a new ...
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Allow People to View/Edit Google Docs without a Google Account

Is there any way I can allow someone who does not has a Google Account to view/edit my Google Docs? Note that I am not saying I want to allow everyone to edit/view the documents. I want only to allow ...
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Google Docs / Drawing

I'm looking into creating a Google Docs "drawing" for the purpose of creating a basic UML diagram (without arrows, just lines) while collaborating with others. The problem I am having is that I can ...
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Automated periodic backup of Google Apps (email, docs, calendar)?

I'm a big fan of Google Docs for SME, having used it for two years in my current company, set it up for a startup project, and recommending it to folks starting a business. While it takes away much ...
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Google Documents - How to add a question which have multiple choice with single selection?

I am creating a Google Doc Form for company's internal survey. Currently there are 7 question types Text Paragraph text Multiple choice Checkboxes Choose from a list Scale Grid I am looking to ...
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How do I allow others to browse my Google Drive folders?

My company uses Google Drive and I am the admin for it. I have set up a bunch of files and folders on my account and made sure that the default company policy is that "the default visibility for ...
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Import Google Docs document revision history into a Git repository?

I'd like to view the revision history of a Google Docs document using more flexible tools like Git, and possibly migrate some content from Google Docs into a Git project. Google Docs has an API with ...
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How do I import google.com/bookmarks into google docs chrome folder?

Note: this is not a chrome question, it's a google docs question. How do I import my google.com/bookmarks into the docs folder that is used by chrome to sync bookmarks?
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How can I save links to Google Drive?

Is there a way to save and share webpage links? For example, http://www.example.com. How can I save that webpage link to a folder and be able to share that link with others?
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Google Docs: table of contents & exporting as PDF

I have a google document in which I used the built-in "generate table of contents" function to add a table of contents. It works perfectly in the browser/online. But my problem came after I exported ...
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Use Google Drive to create Google Blogger or Blogspot posts

Is it possible to create and edit documents in Google Drive and then publish them to my Blogger account as posts? This is because the editor of Google Drive is far better for me.
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OCR in new Google Drive

The OCR option for images and PDF files seems to be missing in the new Google Drive (the check box in the upload configuration is missing). Is this option completely gone or did it just move ...
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How to lock a Google Document?

I would like to lock an important Document in Google Drive, so that modification I made in fly-by-mistakes don't get saved. I am the owner of the document. Is this possible? Or is there a feature ...
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Why Is Google Drive convinced that I'm offline?

Okay, this is messed up. I opened up my budgets spreadsheet as I do every week, and realized that I could only edit 1-2 cells before everything would freeze up. Inspecting the UI, I found a tiny ...
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How to do a simple set operation in Google docs spreadsheet?

Suppose I have some names in cells B1:B3, and a full list of all the names in A1:A4, is it possible for me to generate a list of names in A1:A4 that don't appear in B1:B3? E.g. Cells A1:A4 have "A", ...
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How can I create a theme for a Google Docs Presentation?

Does Google Docs allow you to create new themes for Presentations. I can change the background and set text colours for each part but how/can these be set for the whole presentation?
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How to upload existing albums to new (2015) Google Photos?

Background I have 300GBs of neatly organized photographs of my past 10 years in 500+ folders (albums) with names like: 20150320-20150320 Partial Solar Eclipse (Szentes, Dónáti domb) [Sarah] ...
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Can you apply a filter to Google Docs / Drive to reveal all files shared to anybody?

In Google Drive, searching by visibility, my options are: Public Anyone with a link Private Not shared None of these options allow me to search all files shared to specific people only (i.e. ...
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How to sync/backup “my documents” to Google Drive

Google Drive (at $2.49 for 25gb) seems like a great option for cloud storage. But I'm looking for a program to backup/mirror/sync my documents folder to Google Drive. I've been looking for ...
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Can I have an RSS for Google Docs?

Is there a way to get an RSS feed for all documents created in Google Docs which are visible to me? EDIT: I found someone here suggesting that a URL like ...
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We are sharing corporate data, how to improve our Google Drive setup?

We have a corporate Google Apps account (paid), and we have a central user (I will call it CompanyArchive) that owns all of the documents that were on a network drive before we started using Google ...
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Which versions of the PDF standard does Google Docs support?

What the title says. I know PDFs exported from Google Docs are version 1.4, but which versions does it support when viewing PDFs? I'm asking because I'm having problems with PDFs generated with the ...
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Uploading Styled HTML to Google Docs

I find that when I upload Styled HTML to Google Docs, eg. with CSS .underline { text-decoration: underline; } .del { text-decoration: line-through; } mark { background: yellow } None of these will ...
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Sharing a Google Docs Folder shares the documents, but not the folder

I created a Google Docs folder with 2 nested subfolders and 10-12 documents, and shared the folder with someone who has a Google Account hooked up to a Yahoo email address. When my collaborator opens ...
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Losing Subscripts in Google Docs when exporting to PowerPoint

When I'm saving my presentation in Google Docs as Microsoft PowerPoint, all the letters marked as subscripts appears as regular letters in the PowerPoint document. Does anyone else notice this? (I ...
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How can I put an equation into a Google Docs Presentation and maintain the formatting?

I read a similar question on the Google Docs Help forums, but if I copy an equation that contains a symbol without using an image (such as the ∈ symbol), the symbol goes away in the presentation. Is ...
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What is the purpose of the presence of Google Docs in Google Drive?

I was under the impression that by using Google Drive, I can edit my files in MS Word or Excel and it will all sync but apparently I can't open .gdoc .gsheet in MS Office. So basically, aside from ...
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How to connect a Google Docs document to a Trello list?

Documents are kept on Google Docs but we would like to attach them to a list in Trello for reference or to work on the document. How does this work?
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How can I get Google Docs to stop formatting a form response as a date?

I have a Google form with a question that contains a drop-down box with the following values: Fewer than 10 11-25 26-50 More than 50 If the user selects "11-25", Google Docs renders the response ...
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Link to view PDF version of a Google Doc

I think there used to be a way to link to the PDF version of a Google doc, but now I can only make a link that downloads the PDF instead of viewing it in the browser. Does anybody know if the old ...
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How do you search Google Docs by date?

I often need to search for documents by date (created or last modified) in Google Docs. For example, forgetting where I put it (and the name/content), so needing to search all my Google Docs for files ...
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Inserting page numbers in a Google Docs document

How do I add or insert a page number in the footer or header of a Google Docs document?
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How do I edit a docx-document received in Gmail online on Google Docs?

I received a docx-document on my Gmail. I clicked "view", and then the "Save in Google Docs" button. Now in Google Docs, I can only view the document but not edit it. How do I edit the document in ...
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What is consuming my Google Drive space?

I'm confused. Google Drive app says I consume 5 GB of space, yet the folder on my computer is merely 90 MB big.
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How can I create custom keyboard shortcuts in Google Docs?

When studying biology and mechanisms, it's very useful to take notes with arrows that illustrate a stepwise process: A --> B --> C and up/down arrows to denote increase/decrease. This is very ...