The way you use your time is the way you live your life.
Posted on March 31, 2014, under Time and Technology.
No, Cyber Monday is the day, each and every week, that we highlight time-saving tech tools and tips. It’s all about how you can be more efficient and effective in your on-line activities, whether you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner who works on-line … or maybe a more casual visitor to social networks who worries about the time drain that they can present.
Whatever your particular interest, we hope that our Cyber Monday posts offer you new ideas and interesting tech tools to explore. And we are always interested in your thoughts and feedback – so please drop me a line anytime, either via our contact form here, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So now, let’s take a look at what we have for you today!
Black Menu for Google is the tool we’d like to share today. It looks to be a very helpful Chrome Extension that gives you easy access to frequently-used Google tools – while cutting down on the number of extensions you display. (Less clutter is always good!)
When you hover over a menu item in Black Menu for Google, you’ll see a preview of whatever is there. For example, you can take a quick glance at your Google Calendar or your Gmail without leaving your main browser window!
For example, here’s how the Black Menu site describes what you can do for yourself in Gmail on Black Menu – without ever opening Gmail itself up:
This page includes an almost full featured Gmail inbox. You can view every label, compose an email, mark mail as spam – and it even has multiple-account support!
You can also search for email and get the results right in Black Menu. You can also click one of the search filters in the “links and search filters” menu, which will open a new tab with your search results in Gmail. When you have nothing entered in the search box, the links in the “links and search filters” items will link to those labels in Gmail.
This page also Includes a link to your contacts, and a link to create a new contact.
You can search for services that are not listed among the choices pre-loaded into Black Menu. There is also a shortcuts page that includes a list of Google shortcuts. The list is sorted by the number of times you click on a shortcut – so you’ll automatically see the ones you use the most at the top of the list.
And for any of these Google services, if you decide you want to delve a little deeper, just click on the item to open it up in a new tab.
Black Menu looks like it could potentially be a big time saver, as it allows you to quickly check things like your calendar and your inbox without opening them!
So, I invite you to explore Black Menu … and I’d love to hear what you think about it … plus any other tips, tools, or time questions that you want to share. Post a comment or drop me a line – let’s continue the discussion!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I have no material connection with Black Menu or Google, and have not received any compensation for writing this content.