Questions about Google on a broad level and concerns one or more of the following web apps: Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail and Google Voice

learn more… | top users | synonyms

34
votes
16answers
2k views

Google Apps as an online harddrive?

Google provides some pretty cheap online storage. My organization is interested in using this to host backups of some of our data on the Google Cloud. We may just want to use this as an offsite ...
31
votes
5answers
23k views

How do I figure out my Google OpenID URL?

I'm trying to log in to the CakePHP website using Open ID: http://ask.cakephp.org/users/login The most correct looking URL I've found is: https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id ..but I can't properly ...
25
votes
2answers
7k views

Google copy link location annoyance? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Turning off Google search results indirection Sounds like a stupid question, but this really bothers me and I don't see an easy workaround. Every time I need to post ...
22
votes
2answers
443k views

How to use Google's web cache to view a page [duplicate]

I have this Google webcache link of Forbes.com here: ...
21
votes
5answers
3k views

Can I exclude spam domains from my search results?

Sometimes when I search for something, there are plenty of links to sites with no content (those who only have the premade templates which the search terms), spammers, and leechers (as in copying ...
20
votes
4answers
3k views

Keyboard shortcut to access the first link in a Google search page?

What is the keyboard shortcut to access the first result in a Google search page? Any "hacks" would be fine, as long as it does not require the mouse.
19
votes
5answers
146k views

Delete photo in Gmail/Google profile without uploading another?

I want to delete the photo associated with my Gmail account without adding another photo. I tried doing this in Google profile, but I could only find the option to upload a different photo (which I ...
16
votes
1answer
2k views

How do I search for “do a barrel roll” without Google … doing a barrel roll?

My brother and I used to play Star Fox 64 when we were kids, and when we did dog fights, we always loved doing barrel rolls so I decided to search for the quote that they always said the game in ...
15
votes
3answers
10k views

Does Google read my email?

I'm considering getting a Gmail account. I've always been hesitant about privacy with Google, though, and especially with the new privacy policy (which is hard to understand), I have some questions: ...
15
votes
4answers
6k views

How can I access google.com outside the US?

I live in the UK, and whenever I visit google.com I am redirected to google.co.uk, but I want to see my website's rankings on the US version (I presume the results are different). Is there a way to do ...
14
votes
6answers
2k views

What can you NOT find on Google?

Google claims to be fair, and it is in the company's interest (most of the time) to scour the Internet for anything and everything that its spiders can access. I want to know: What type of ...
14
votes
2answers
24k views

How can I change my default/main calendar in Google Calendar?

Every time someone sends me an invitation it goes to my default (poorly-named) Google calendar. I can't delete that calendar because it's my default. I can't make events go to my other calendars ...
13
votes
5answers
12k views

How can I subscribe to a Google mailing list with a non-Google e-mail address?

Some projects host their mailing lists on Google Groups, like this: http://groups.google.com/group/mojolicious I'm an old-fashioned guy, and I don't like reading mail on the web. I would very much ...
12
votes
1answer
3k views

How to search something on across multiple sites with a single Google query?

I tried (search term site:stackoverflow.com) OR (search term site:superuser.com) OR (search term site:stackexchange.com) search term site:stackoverflow.com,superuser.com,stackexchange.com search ...
12
votes
2answers
8k views

Is there a way to make phone calls from Gmail when the new hangouts is enabled?

Gmail currently provides free domestic calling for users in the US and Canada, directly in the Gmail interface. It uses the Google Video Chat plugin to allow voice calls to be made to regular phone ...
11
votes
2answers
25k views

How can I download all photos from Instant Upload (Auto Backup)?

I've been uploading via Instant Upload (a.k.a Auto Backup) from my Android phone now for about a year. There are many photos and now I want to download them all to my computer. However, I can't ...
11
votes
3answers
2k views

How can I stop Gmail from serving me auto translations based on my IP address?

When I go to Gmail website (FireFox, if this info is needed) with a different IP (IP from Germany), they automatically translate the page to German. How do I stop this behavior (in other words I want ...
11
votes
2answers
957 views

Is there a way to tell Google to speak to me in English, instead of German? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to test google.com outside the US? I live in Switzerland, and Google insists on speaking to me in German instead of English. I don't understand German. It's so ...
11
votes
1answer
3k views

How can I use Google as OpenID provider after Google +?

For Google+ users, the www.google.com/profiles/me URL redirects to the user's Google+ profile. How can I use Google as my OpenID provider now?
11
votes
1answer
2k views

Where can I find a list of the sites I've +1'ed?

If I go to my Google dashboard I can see the most recent +1 I made (below), but where can I find all the other websites/pages I've +1'ed?
11
votes
3answers
2k views

What are best practices for organizing Google Docs for the enterprise?

My company has 20 people. We all use Google Docs. As I continue to get Docs sent my way, I'm organizing them (via collections), but I realize everyone else is organizing them as well. This is a great ...
10
votes
1answer
426 views

Is it possible to find out *who* created a short Google URL (like goo.gl/something)?

I was wondering: is it possible for other people to find out who created a short goo.gl URL (that I created using my own Google account)? That is, can they trace it back to my Google account?
10
votes
6answers
6k views

Convert time zones with Google?

Can I convert time zone calculations (18:30 CEST to GMT+1 for example) with google? Are there other usable web-applications to do that kind of job?
10
votes
5answers
2k views

How does YouTube know my Google identity without my explicitly connecting?

I've found that recently when I visit YouTube, I am automatically logged in with my Google/Gmail Account. I don't like this at all. I do not want my video browsing history tied up with my Google ...
10
votes
1answer
119k views

What does gws_rd=cr in the URL indicate?

On opening Google.com, gws_rd=cr is added to the URL. This has been happening only for the past day or so. What does this indicate? Why did this start showing up recently? I have been using the same ...
10
votes
2answers
431 views

How to export from Google Wave? [closed]

Seeing as how Google today posted an article implying that Google Wave may quite possibly be shut down after the end of 2010, I am now looking for ways in which I might export the data contained in my ...
9
votes
3answers
2k views

Google 2-step verification from 2 devices

How can I add a second device to a Google account to generate the one time password with? I have added my iPhone (with the Google Authenticator app) during the 2-step verification setup wizard but I ...
9
votes
9answers
787 views

Google search engine alternatives

We all use the Google search engine, and it makes life easier. It's the best at the moment, but that doesn't mean that there won't be rivals or alternatives to Google. Are there any search engines ...
9
votes
4answers
3k views

How to change links of the Google bar?

I'm using Chrome, and I want to change the links of the bar, but I don't know how. It could be a Greasemonkey script, but I don't know how to write it.
9
votes
5answers
3k views

How does Amazon know what I have been searching on Google?

I was just browsing at some products on Amazon, without being logged in to Amazon, and then I noticed at the bottom the 'Recent Searches' box - which showed searches I had made from Google and had ...
9
votes
4answers
598 views

What will Google do with my data?

When I give data like Email, documents or my search history to Google I trust that they will keep my data secure (from hackers, employees, foreign governments, etc.) keep it private only use it for ...
9
votes
2answers
4k views

How do I search an image with specific resolution using new Google Image Search

As you know, there was an option available in Google Image Search known as Search image with specific screen resolution, option name as Exactly but recently Google changed the approach and am not ...
9
votes
1answer
12k views

Adding Pagenumbers to Google Drive Presentation?

Can someone tell me how can I add page numbers to my Google Drive Presentation? I've read that it should be under "Insert" but there's nothing even remotely relevant there. Here’s a screenshot:
9
votes
1answer
3k views

Google Contacts: Groups vs Circles

Since the integration of Google+ into Google Contacts took place, you have the ability to organize your Contacts into either the former Google Contact Groups or the new available Google+ Circles. ...
9
votes
1answer
936 views

Limit Google “trusted computer” auth cookies to 30 days

It looks like Google's two-factor authentication has switched to using long-expiration cookies for remembering "trusted" user agents, instead of the 30 day expiration previously used. This seems ...
9
votes
2answers
3k views

How can I get rid of the “+You” tab on every single page from Google?

I've just been forced to leave Google Plus and Google Profile. As such, I'd like to not have "+You" leading every single page from Google. Is there any way to do so without resorting on client side ...
8
votes
1answer
2k views

Does Google log your search to your Google account?

When I go google.com and do a search while being logged in to my Gmail account (or Google account). does Google log that search to that specific account or will it only log that search to the ...
8
votes
2answers
3k views

Creating a filter in Gmail that applies more that one label

I've been using Filters for a while in Gmail but have always been wondering if such a feature is available. Is it possible to somehow have a Gmail filter apply more than one label? As you can see ...
8
votes
5answers
343 views

Download Files to Google Docs?

Is there a way to download a .PDF or whatever in such a way that it would skip my local machine and be directly uploaded to Google docs? If that's not possible, is there some solution where I can set ...
8
votes
1answer
214 views

How does Bing know the terms that I had recently Googled in the past month?

After I typed "a" into Bing, a list of terms that I had recently queried in Google appeared in purple. How does Bing know what terms I recently Googled?
8
votes
2answers
7k views

How to Filter Emails Forwarded to Gmail Alias?

I have a Google Apps email (me@business.com) set to auto-forward all mail to my personal Gmail (me@gmail.com). I have added the me@business.com address to my personal Gmail so I can send mail as ...
8
votes
2answers
2k views

Is there a way to switch accounts in Google analytics?

I have several Google accounts. In products like Gmail or Calendar I see my address on the top right corner and when I click on it I can switch to other accounts I'm logged in with. But in Google ...
8
votes
3answers
318 views

Does sharing Public posts with an additional circle make a difference in Google+?

In Google+'s “Add circles or people to share with...” box, I can enter “Public”, making the post visible to/shared with everyone. I can also enter a circle, with or without the “Notify about this ...
8
votes
6answers
103k views

Is it possible to sync MS Outlook with specific Google Calendar?

I wish to sync my work's Microsoft Outlook calendar one-way with Google Calendar so that I can view my events all together on my Google Account. I wish to create a new Calendar on Google Calendar ...
7
votes
6answers
442 views

Alternatives to Google webapps? [closed]

I find myself using Google products most of the time. These are Google Search, GMail, Reader, Picasa, Groups, Documents, Maps, Translate and so on... They are not bad generally, but I think I might be ...
7
votes
6answers
17k views

Setting Google results to stay in a language, regardless of location

How do I keep the Google search results in English regardless of where I am searching from? Google is a genius at knowing what ads to show me and what particular language to show me the ads. If I ...
7
votes
3answers
1k views

Does Google+ actually delete content I want deleted, or do they just hide it, like Facebook?

I always had a vague notion that when one deletes a post or comment in Facebook that they don't actually delete it. Instead, behind the scenes they simply mark it to not display. This irked me ...
7
votes
3answers
2k views

What happens when you use your Google Account for Trello?

I can't seem to find an explanation or detail on what happens, what is synchronized, if, when you use Trello with a Gmail or Google account? Can you synch the Task list? Calendars? Emails? Where does ...
7
votes
1answer
759 views

Imported from Google Notebook?

Today I login to my Google Docs and saw a mysterious looking file named "Imported from Google Notebook - My Notebook". I have no idea what is Google Notebook or how it got there. The content of the ...
7
votes
3answers
2k views

How does Google keep web history?

Say I search for something in Google and click on a few results. After some time, if I again search for same thing, the search results show the earlier clicked links with different colours and ...