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Macro Systems has been serving the Metro Washington, DC area since 1997, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Google Has One Final Change for it's My Business App

Google Has One Final Change for it's My Business App

The Google My Business application has helped business owners manage their online presence for some time now, having gone through numerous name changes in its time. Google has one final change planned for its application, however.

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How to Enhance Productivity via Google Chrome

How to Enhance Productivity via Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a very popular browser. For example, in June of this year, about 65 percent of the overall browser market share was attributed to Chrome. Because so many people use Chrome, we put together a few tips that can help make Chrome even more productive for the user.

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Not All Updates are Perfect

Not All Updates are Perfect

While we cannot express how critical it is to update your software and hardware in a timely fashion, it is imperative to keep in mind that some of these updates aren’t going to be perfect. An upcoming update to Google Workspace serves as the perfect example, as the company has recently released an alert to inform users about an issue affecting Google Drive.

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Document Sharing in Google Drive

Document Sharing in Google Drive

Collaboration is something that no modern business can do without, which is why so many modern applications feature it so heavily. Below is a look at Google Drive and one of its collaborative capabilities that so many businesses are now utilizing: Document Sharing. 

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How to Simplify Your Chrome Browser Tabs Management

How to Simplify Your Chrome Browser Tabs Management

Google Chrome is by far from the most utilized Internet browser on both PC and mobile platforms, so it only makes sense to make using the Chrome browser as convenient as possible. Listed below is a tip to help you simplify your Chrome browser tabs management.

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How to Utilize Gmail's Confidential Mode

How to Utilize Gmail's Confidential Mode

Gmail has been as secure as most other email platforms, but email is email and there are times when you send an email that isn’t opened promptly and you’d rather not have the information in that message get sent around or archived where you can’t control it. Gmail has now added a feature that allows users to send messages that will delete themselves in a predetermined time frame, and work to keep the contents of those messages from being shared. 

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Gmail's Confidential Mode

Gmail's Confidential Mode

Gmail is as secure as any comparable email platform, but there may be some messages you send that you’d rather not have lingering in someone’s inbox. On the other hand, did you know that Gmail allows you to send messages that delete themselves after a set timeframe, while also preventing the contents from being forwarded, downloaded, copied, or printed?

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Google Docs' Handy Features

Google Docs' Handy Features

Within Google Workspace is Google Docs, a helpful word processing solution that can be accessed via your web browser. In case you’re new to using Google’s productivity software, we have decided to assemble a short introduction to some of Google Docs’ most useful tools and features.

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How to Utilize Google Drive

How to Utilize Google Drive

For the business looking for a comprehensive cloud-based content management and collaboration solution, Google Drive is an option that warrants serious consideration. While we don’t want to recommend it over another one of your options, per se, we did want to offer a brief beginner’s guide to putting it to use. That way, any business that does elect to utilize Google Drive and (the associated solutions it comes with) has more information going in.

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Google Chrome has a New Feature: Chrome Actions

Google Chrome has a New Feature: Chrome Actions

If it is going to remain the most utilized Internet browser, Google Chrome always needs to have new features added to it to make it the preferable choice for most users. Recently, Chrome Actions was implemented, contributing to that goal. Let’s look at what Chrome Actions are, and how they could prove helpful.

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Gmail Upgrades the User Experience

Gmail Upgrades the User Experience

Distinctly demonstrating their prioritization of their G Suite offering, Google continues to enhance the platform’s many solutions to upgrade the user experience. Most recently, this has included giving Gmail a few extra functionalities to help further integrate a business’ communications. A look at these functionalities is listed below.

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A Closer Look at the COVID-19 Exposure Notification System Mobile Setting

A Closer Look at the COVID-19 Exposure Notification System Mobile Setting

In a rare turn of events, Google and Apple have joined forces with local governments to help slow the ongoing spread of COVID-19. How would you like an app that could notify you if someone you had been in proximity to had tested positive for COVID-19? As helpful as this collaboration could be to mitigate the pandemic, many people are angry about it, and have started spreading misinformation.

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How To Stop Google From Changing Words It Considers 'Wrong'

How To Stop Google From Changing Words It Considers 'Wrong'

Believe it or not, Google doesn’t know everything. For example, you may be trying to write up a document in Google Docs that Google doesn’t recognize. Maybe it’s one of your services that you’ve created a name for, or even the name of your company. The issue is that Google likes changing words it deems “wrong”. Listed below are tips on how to stop it from changing words you meant to use.

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How to Control What Google Knows About You

How to Control What Google Knows About You

Almost everyone utilizes Google in some way or another; the search engine is, by far, the most common way people get answers and find content online. Google currently handles about 90% of search queries, while the second and third place goes to Yahoo and Bing, who share just below 5% of the search market share.

Google curates the search results on the fly based on a lot of variables including where you are located, what type of device you are on, and your online surfing habits. This means Google is gathering a lot of information about how we use the web to give us a better experience. Below is a look at how you can control what Google knows about you to better protect your privacy.

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All You Need to Know about G Suite

All You Need to Know about G Suite

Google is an absolute behemoth in computing; it moved from web search functionality to a much wider variety of applications. These applications now make up the G Suite, and are utilized by many, many businesses to accomplish their goals. Listed below are some of the G Suite features and how they can benefit your business.

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All You Need To Know About Chromecast

All You Need To Know About Chromecast

The Chromecast is a convenient, easy-to-use device, even in a business setting. Yes, it is a consumer device, but some of its abilities directly translate to professional use. Below is a guide on setting up your Chromecast, four useful-for-business features, and the process of resetting your Chromecast if it ever requires it. 

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Microsoft Office Support Joining Google Docs

Microsoft Office Support Joining Google Docs

Businesses usually have to make a critical choice about which brand of productivity software they will utilize for day-to-day operations. Two of the heavy hitters in the modern business landscape are Google and Microsoft implementing their respective productivity solutions. While the choice of which service to work with seems exclusive, Google is making strides to break down this barrier and allow certain file types to be edited in Google Drive.

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Highlighting Some Chrome Built-In Features

Highlighting Some Chrome Built-In Features

Google Chrome is by far the most popular browser in the world; that fact makes it that much more improbable that many people don’t know a lot about its built-in features. We certainly can’t go through all of them in a single blog, but we can provide a few tips describing the best of them.

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Google Search Tips

Google Search Tips

Google is the most browsed website in the world. That distinction doesn’t come easily; 4.2 billion people are active users of the Internet. Google claims to process around 3.5 billion search queries per day, or 1.2 trillion searches per year. Google has become the world’s most successful advertising site as a result, which can actually be an obstacle for users looking to get information about a specific subject.

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You Need to Realize How Critical Your Google Account's Security is

You Need to Realize How Critical Your Google Account's Security is

It seems that to have a computer these days is to have a Google account. If one isn’t utilized for professional purposes, it is utilized as a personalized solution; the convenience and accessibility of these accounts alone are compelling, even before one considers the versatility that this account brings with it. Alas, these benefits can be quickly overshadowed by risk if a Google account’s security is overlooked.

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