From The Tips Box: Fast Google Docs, Long-Lost Blogs

Access Google Docs with one click, recover long-since deleted blog posts with the help of Google Reader, and more great tips from our readers.

Open New Google Docs With One Click

Jason wrote in with a quick tip that literally made me slap my forehead because it's so obvious:

I have a bookmark on my toolbar with this as target: http://docs.google.com/DocAction?action=newdoc&hl=en (to open a new Google Doc in one click)

You could also use this address with Launchy or similar apps.

Skip the Delay of Gmail's Undo Feature

Sometimes you just don't want the delay of Gmail's Undo feature. For those instances, David has you covered:

If you use Gmail's "Undo" feature, double-clicking the "Send" button suppresses the effects of "Undo" for this mail.

Use Google Reader as a Blog Archive

Terry accidentally discovered that Google Reader can be used as a way to start a blog archive by subscribing to your own feeds:

Back in 2006 I had a few personal blogs - an art blog, a politics blog, a personal blog. I was playing with the medium, hosting issues and also my own commitment to write posts (I wasn't very good at keeping up, at all).

I had my own blog feeds in Google Reader which I've never unsubscribed from. I have an addiction to reading blogs and have a long list in my reader broken up by various topic folders and things do get lost. By the end of 2007, I had erased my blogs, and failed to make a backup copy. I wrote some posts that were meaningful to me, but accepted they were lost for good.

Today I was cleaning up my reader and surprised how many blogs I once looked for updates were gone or moved to another stream somewhere. There were posts in them, and I always assumed the blog feed need to be live for that to happen. Then I ran into my old blogs - all of which are not hosted anywhere online and haven't for almost 2 years. Yet by having 'all items' selected I could see every post I ever wrote. Amazing! I had a backup of my old blogs all along, without knowing. And this includes images I posted (I am a photographer by trade).

I noticed on my old Myspace blog this does not work if you only had Excerpts broadcast for your posts, as those posts from 2006 were long gone (along with my myspace user account, which I closed by 2007).


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