How To Re-open Your Tabs In Chrome When You Quit

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Have you ever had a ton of tabs open in Chrome and you need to close Chrome to perform an update or Chrome froze on you, but you didn’t want to lose all the tabs you had open?

You can tell Chrome to re-open the same pages you were looking at when you quit.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. In the top-right corner, click the Chrome menu
  3. Click Settings. (If you’re using a Chromebook/box, click “Show advanced settings” at the bottom of the page.)
  4. Under “On startup,” select Continue where you left off.

If you make this settings change and you had 10+ tabs open, your computer may appear slow as Chrome will be loading all of those sites at once when you start it up. Once all the webpages are loaded, normal performance will resume.

Limiting Choices on a Google Form


It’s the beginning of the year and you are trying to get students to make some choices in a Google Form and want them to choose their 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc options. This can be accomplished easily with the Grid question type.

  1. Select the Grid question type.
  2. Enter the choices in the rows and the order in the columns. For this to work, you have to make sure the require one response per row and limit to one response per column options are checked. Otherwise they can make multiple choices in the columns or they can skip making a choice on the rows.Screenshot 2015-09-02 at 4.09.33 PM
  3.  Your Form will then present to the responders like this:preference_chooser
  4. Your spreadsheet data will then look like this:choices_data

Now you can see all of your respondents choices in a much easier to read manner when trying to determine who wants their desired choices. You also don’t run into students who may select the same choice twice or three times if you are asking them the same question 5 times in one survey.

Quickest Way to Check If Your Google Drive Link Can Be Viewed By Anyone


You just added a link to a file in Google Drive and you are finding that both students and parents can’t open that file but you are not having any issues opening it. The fastest way to check to see that your Google Drive link has the proper permissions is to use an Incognito Window.

An Incognito Window or Private browsing(in Safari) is a mode that opens a new window where you can browse the Internet without Chrome saving the sites you visit. You can open many tabs in incognito mode and navigate back and forth between the pages you visit. When you close the tabs, Chrome won’t save the sites you’ve visited.

I use this mode all the time to see how a website looks when I am logged in as a different user. The fact that the Incognito window has no current login for any website, it is a great way to see if your shared Google Drive links are in fact viewable to someone else. Most notably, to parents who do not have FCS Google login privileges.

To open an Incognito window, right click your pasted link in the email you are sending to parents, for instance. You will get a menu that has an Open link in incognito window option.


Choosing that option will do exactly as it says. If you believe your Google Drive share setting is set to “Anyone with the link can view“, then you Google Doc will open right up in the window that pops open. If you are presented with a Google login window, then you need to adjust the share settings on your link and try again.

This feature is great when sending Google Drive links to parents using the Veracross email address and ensuring that they can open it with no problems.

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How to Insert FCS Email Signature in GMail

Inserting an Email Signature in GMail (*this must all be done from a non-mobile browser)

  1. Right-click the link below and choose “Copy link URL” or “Copy link address”
    1. Right click me 
  2. Return to your open GMail tab and go into your email “Settings” (located in the drop down menu, when you click on the cog icon at the top right of the page).
  3. Scroll down to “Signature
  4. Click on your FCS email address, and enter your contact information as follows:
    1. Your name
    2. Your title
    3. Friends’ Central School
    4. Your FCS phone number
  5. Format the text as follows:
    1. Typeface: Sans Serif
    2. Text size: “Normal”
    3. Text color: medium grey (click on the medium/dark grey, third from the left on the top row of the color chart under “Text color”)
  6. Put the cursor below the contact information you just typed, hit return once to create a little space, and click on the insert “Insert Image” icon
  7. Use Ctrl+V to paste in the link you copied earlier
  8. This image should appear below the text in your signature:






  1. Highlight the image and select the “Hyperlink icon”
  2. Type
  3. Hit the “Save Changes” button at bottom of the screen.








Please note:

  • Certain FCS departments will have additional information they need to include in the email signature (School address, fax number, email address, etc.), and we ask that they format the text as requested above.
  • The signature will not be included using the native mail app on the ipad (the standard “sent from my ipad” text). For the signature to appear when sending email from your iPad, you must use the GMail app that is downloaded from the App Store. Then in the Gmail App settings, you must turn off “Mobile signature”.

Optional: If you have an active Twitter / G+ account associated with FCS, please follow the instructions below to add images and links to those sites. Please make sure that you include a line space between these icons and the Mission and Vision image.



Recent important iPad app updates to Google apps

Google has pushed out recent updates with improved features for many iPad apps. These are important updates that can help your child complete their work, collaborate in the classroom, and provide an improved experience on the iPad!

Updates include:

  • Chrome: stability updates and bug fixes
  • Docs: spell check and performance enhancements
  • Slides: grouping objects together for quicker editing

Please advise your child to go into their App Store app, click up Updates, and Update all apps.

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Alternatively, you can set your child’s iPad to automatically download any app update when it is available. To do this, simply go into the iPad settings app, and click on iTunes & App Store. Make sure the slide icon is green next to Updates. This will prompt automatic updates.