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We are proud to work with Normand and Underwood on all their website updates, and with King Richard III requiring a lead ossuary Norman and Underwood had the task of creating the lead coffin.

Norman and Underwood were entrusted to carry out the roofing, cladding and glazing works on the new King Richard III Visitor Centre in St Martins, which provides visitors with a fascinating insight into the life and death of the King as well as the dramatic rediscovery of his burial site.

Read more on how Dr Jonathan Castleman completed the sealing of the lead ossuary:
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Google Drive is an online tool developed by Google which enables you to store and synchronie documents, images, videos and other types of media with different computer systems and users. It is similar to Dropbox, however, Google Drive comes with its own set of office tools, which means you can edit Word documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms etc. all from the website, whether you are using a phone, a tablet, or a computer. Google Drive can revolutionise your business, as it provides a way of collaborating with team members on documents with no hassle.

Once you’ve set up your Google Drive accounts, it may seem a little daunting. This guide is designed to help you through the basics, and to help you get to grips with Google Drive.

Creating Folders and Adding Files

It is good practice to organise your files into folders, to ensure you don’t get confused when trying to find a document. Here’s how you can create a folder, and then move a file (or files) into it:

  1. First, select the red ‘NEW’ button on the left of the screen. Then, select ‘Folder’.

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  1. Choose a name for your folder. Give the folder an appropriate name to make it easier when trying to find your files. In this case, we will simply call the folder ‘My Folder’.

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  1. Your new folder will appear in the main screen of Google Drive. You can double click on the folder to open it, just like you would do with a folder on your computer. To get back to the main screen, simply press the Back button on your internet browser.

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  1. Now you have created a folder, it’s time to look at how to add files. I will show you how you can upload a Word document. The same process applies for any type of file you would like to upload. To begin, select the ‘New’ button again, and this time, choose ‘File upload’.

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  1. Browse for and select the document or file you want to upload.

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  1. A progress bar should appear on your screen, indicating how much of the file has uploaded, and how much is left to upload. Once the upload has completed, the file will appear in the main screen.

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  1. You can now drag and drop the file into your folder, just like you would on a computer.

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That’s it for uploading and organising your files, but how do you go about editing them? Here’s how:

 

Editing Files

Google Drive comes with a range of office tools, which allow you to edit documents, spreadsheets, forms, and other common office files. You can also share these files with other people, which allows you to edit files in real-time with other people, which makes Google Drive excellent for collaboration. I will show you the basics of editing a Word document and then how to share it with another user, the process again is the same for other office files.

 

  1. Once you have uploaded your file, double click it to open up the preview screen. This screen allows you to view, print, and share your document, but will not allow you to edit. To edit, click the ‘Open’ button.

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  1. A new browser tab/window should open, and you will be greeted by the editor. Here, you can make changes to your document just like you would in Microsoft Word for example. Any changes you make to the document are auto-saved, meaning you don’t have to save it manually. To share your document with other people, click the ‘Share’ button at the top right of the display.

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  1. You have multiple options for sharing. You can enter names or email addresses into the box, and then select what permissions you want those users to have (they can edit, comment, or view). This is good if you want specific users to have the ability to edit, and others to only be able to view the document for example. Or, you can get a shareable link, which you can then send to people. Everyone who receives this link will have the same permissions which you can assign however.

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The document will appear in the Drive of whoever you choose to share the file with, and any changes they make to the document will appear in the document to everyone. You can edit the same document at the same time, meaning multiple people can work on a document together instantly.

 

Adjusting File Properties

Renaming, copying, and deleting files is simple. Here’s how:

  1. Right click on the file you want to make changes to, and then select the option you require. In this case, I will ‘Rename‘ my document.

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2. A screen will pop up asking what you want to rename the file to. Enter the new name and click OK.

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  1. Your document will rename successfully. The name will also change for anyone who the document is shared with. You can also ‘Make a copy’ of a file, this is useful for if you want to make changes to a document without editing the main document which is shared with other people. Deleting a document is also possible from the right click menu, and this will delete the file from whoever has access to the file. You can retrieve deleted files by opening the ‘Trash’ folder:

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Integrating Google Drive with your computer

One of the best features about Dropbox is its ability to integrate with your computer system, enabling you to access your files without using the website interface. One of the benefits of this is that you don’t have to use the built-in office suite that comes with Drive – however, you cannot collaborate in real-time without using the online Google tools. Windows/Mac integration is possible with Google Drive, and all you have to do is install the free software:

  1. Select the Cog icon from the top right of the screen, and choose ‘Download Drive

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  1. You will be transported to a website containing a download link for Google Drive. Select the appropriate links to download Drive for your system, and download the installer. Once downloaded, run the application and follow the setup guide to install the software, which will integrate with your computer and will link to your Drive account.

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That’s everything you need to know to start using Google Drive, and to begin revolutionising the way you work.

If there is one thing that businesses struggle with when it comes to social media it is usually what to post. Scoop.it is a free online app which can help you find great quality content. The app will generate content depending on your interests and the tags you have used in your topic.

To start using scoop.it all you need is a Facebook or Twitter account set up and ready to use, as the site will ask you to login with a choice of one of these two platforms. Once you’re all logged in you can start adding topics and things that interest you into your scoop.it.

When you have added all of the topics you want the app will curate a huge list of articles that you can choose from to either tweet about, post on Facebook or on any of your social media platforms. You can either post is straight away using the app, or schedule it to go out at a later date.

 

Good Points

–       Scoop it is an excellent app if you’re someone who doesn’t have much time to use social media due to having other priorities.

–       You can schedule tweets to go out throughout the week meaning you can spend an hour or so on a Monday scheduling useful and interesting articles to go out a couple of times a day for the week and not have to worry about it.

–       Easy to find good, solid content to share with your customers and followers.

–       Can post articles instantly from the app to all of your social media platforms with the option of adding your own comments.

Bad Points

–       The constant advertisements asking you to upgrade to the paid version of the online app can get a little bit annoying.

–       Cannot post to more than two social networking sites if you don’t have the paid version.