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How to save images and web pages to your Google cloud account with one click

Save To Google is the Chrome extension you've been looking for, says Jack Wallen. Here's how to use this must-have Google tool.

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There are Chrome extensions that allow you to quickly save either images or web pages to your Google cloud account, but none of them do both as simply as the new Save To Google extension. Google's tool does an outstanding job of collecting images and web pages for later viewing, and it even allows you to tag your saves for more efficient searching.

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Installing Save To Google

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Point Chrome to the Save To Google extension page.
  3. Click the ADD TO CHROME button.
  4. When prompted, click Add Extension.
  5. Allow the extension to install.

You will now see a small orange circle with a white star on your toolbar. If you are already logged into your Google account (which you should be), you will not need to also authenticate to your account for this extension. If you click on the Save To Google icon, a popup will appear with a link to VIEW SAVES (Figure A). Click the VIEW SAVES button and a new tab will appear, showing an empty page (since you haven't saved anything yet).

Figure A

Figure A
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The Save To Google popup is ready for action.

Using Save To Google

To save a page (i.e., a web page or an image), visit the page and then click the Save To Google icon. You will be able to add tags to the save (optional). The page or image is automatically saved to your cloud. If you do add a tag, all previously used tags will appear in the popup as you type to make it easier to reuse tags (Figure B).

Figure B

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Adding a tag to a save.

When you click the VIEW SAVES button, you'll go to the Google Save Page, where you can view all the pages/images you saved. Click one of those Saves, and it will expand to offer up more information (Figure C).

Figure C

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All your saves are ready to be viewed, tagged, searched, or deleted.

If you don't add a tag when you first add the save, you can always tag a save later. To do this, simply click to expand the save and then type your new tag in the Add A Tag text field.

You can also cycle through all of your saves by clicking the arrows on the expanded section, or delete a save by either expanding it and clicking the Trash icon or just clicking to select a thumbnail (or multiple thumbnails) and then clicking the Trash icon.

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This is the one

For anyone that's been looking for a way to ease up on the bookmarks and temporarily save content in a centralized location, this is it. Get Save To Google installed right away, and start saving the goods to your Google cloud account. It'll save you time and effort, as well as ensure you can gain access to your saves from anywhere.

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About Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.

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