Category Archives: Google

Organize your Drive Life


Because it makes your life easier, your stuff easier to find, saves you time, saves you stress and headaches…. do I really need to go on?


Create new folders by clicking on the big PLUS icon, and select NEW FOLDER.

Name it something that will HELP you know what’s inside – naming the folder “English Papers” is going to save you time because it’s easy to know what is in it. On the other hand, naming it “Verbage I couldn’t stand creating” will cost you time.

After you create your folders, click-n-drag your files into the correct folders. YES – this can be done using the Drive app on the iPad.

5 more tips

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Balance the number of files and folders – you can get TOO organized. For example, ONE folder called “English Papers” might be enough – you may NOT need “English Paper 1”, “English paper 2”, “English Paper 3” etc.

Think about what will make it EASY to find your stuff.


Name your files! DON’T leave them at the default “Untitled Document“. Name it something so that anyone with half-a-brain can tell what that document is about.


Making major changes? Make a copy, then add something at the end of the filename [“v2“, “v3“, etc.]

When you are working on a document, select File–> Save As Copy….. When working in Drive, you can right-click on the file icon and select “Duplicate this file”. Then right-click the copy and “Rename”.

Seriously, it’s worth the time.


Got a deadline? Put the date in the filename, so you’ll always know when it’s due.

MDS Tech suggests using this format: “2019-10-22 English – Projectname”….. but remember to use TWO digits for the months and days [09 for September, 06 for June, etc]. That will make it easier to find because of how the computer sorts things.



How does your brain work? What scheme will make it easy for YOU to find your stuff?

The key point is NOT to use a method that everyone else is using – although that might be a good start. The key is to make it easy for YOU to find your stuff.

…and a bonus tip:


It is FAR easier and takes MUCH less time to organize a few files than to organize a gazillion – which you might have in your Drive space by the time you are a Senior. Get started now organizing your sock drawer….er……. your Drivespace.

Search the Internet without wasting time

This article will get you started searching the internet, and keep you from wasting time while doing it – assuming you don’t WANT to waste time! It is NOT going to be exhaustive, and will not show even HALF the techniques that MDStech knows. It will, however, get you started.

The Goal:

Find the information you seek in ONE attempt.

First, WHY?

You search the ‘net quite often for information. You actually search a lot more than you think, because EVERY time you look for something – whether its on Amazon, or eBay, Instagram, Facebook, Tunblr, Twitter, or a search engine – you can use these principles EVERYWHERE you search.

Imagine the time you can save.

Second, WHAT?

Let’s stick with Search Engines. Most people use 1 or at most 2. There are literally hundreds of search engines out there – and NONE of them cover the entire internet. [Not even Google].

To keep things simple, let’s group search engines into 2 categories:

  1. Regular
  2. Meta


1. Regular search engines – like Google or Bing – take the words you type into the search box [the “keywords”] and try to find webpages that they previously discovered [“crawled”] that matches your words.

They don’t really understand the meaning of words, though – which is why you will get a mixture of results ranging from crossing a river to a car manufacturer if you search for the word “ford”.

2. Meta enginesClick here for a list – search other search engines and combine the results into one list. The advantage of Meta engines is that each of the “regular” engines knows about different parts of the internet. Thus, by searching several engines at the same time, you can cover MORE of the internet to find your information.

Third – HOW? part 1




Those three words can be very powerful, and can help you find your info in ONE try – when combined with the tips in part 2, below.

You can tell your search engine to search for

first word AND second word AND third word

This would make the engine look for web pages that HAVE to contain all three words.

You can tell your search engine to search for

first word OR second word OR third word

This would make the engine look web pages that HAVE to contain only ONE of the words

You can tell your search engine to search for

first word NOT second word

This would tell the engine to list any webpages that contain the first word, but only if they do NOT contain the second word.


ford and chevy and honda
The results HAVE to have all three car brands

ford OR chevy OR honda
The results must have only ONE of the three words
To be honest, this one is not used much at all

ford NOT car NOT truck NOT vehicle
The results will have the word “ford” in it, but hopefully you won’t get any results relating to Ford Motor Company.

HOW you tell the engine to do this depends on the engine. Check the engine’s help pages.

[Often, just typing the keywords gets you an AND search. Putting a minus sign in front of a keyboard means NOT. Try it and see if it works.]

Fourth – HOW? Part 2

How do you come up with the words to type in that search box? Ah, THERE’s the secret sauce to search.

Step One: The Question

Phrase your search in the form of a question. Write it down until you get the hang of this.

HINT: The more specific the question, the better the chance you’ll get this done in one try.


Step Two: Underline

Underline the important words.

Step Three: Keywords

Those underlined words are your keywords. Type them into the search engine.

Step Four: READ the results.

Actually look at the descriptions to see what will LIKELY give you the answer you seek. Doublecheck the web address to see if it looks like a legit source [Hint: probably isn’t a good choice.]

Step Five: Go to Page Two.

Sometimes the answers you seek are on page two or three.

Step Six: Synonyms

If you haven’t found the results, look at your keywords. Is there another way to phrase it? Are there any synonyms you could use?

For example, instead of “rain”, you could use “downpour”, “weather”, “inclement weather”, “precipitation”

You have a Thesaurus on your iPad.


You look at your shoe, and see the shoelace has this little thing on the end of it, and start wondering if that thing has a name,

Step 1: Phrase it in the form of a question.

What is that thing on the end of my shoelace called?

Step 2: Underline the important words

What is that thing on the end of my shoelace called?

Step 3: Type those underlined words into your search engine of choice.

If that doesn’t work, make sure to check page 2 and 3 of the results. Or you could try using a synonym – “name” instead of “called”, for example.

Take your Google Stuff with you

When you leave these hallowed grounds… CAN take your Google Docs with you.

  • Login to your Drive or email [ is a handy way]
  • Open a new tab [Control-T, usually]
  • Surf to
  • Select what you want to take with you
  • Select the best options for you – waiting for the download, or getting an email when the archive is ready to download. [Hint: It will probably take a while for the archive to be available]

The Wikipedia explanation:

How to Use Takout [from UConn]:



You can’t just upload that archive into a new Google account.  Google Takeout is outbound only, there is no inbound/restore function.  But the following will help if that’s what you want to do.
[CAVEAT: These have NOT been tested by Mds TEch, so your mileage may vary….Please let Tech know how it goes!]
Transfer messages a generic IMAP utility which can work with any provider that supports IMAP.
When both accounts are with Gmail, you can use the following backup/recovery tool to move the messages (this will include labels)
Transfer contacts (export/import):  (export from other providers)