Monday, December 6, 2010

Having Trouble Creating Your PLU Google Apps Blogger Account?

Some users have reported problems with creating a PLU Google Apps Blogger account. This is a known issue with Google Apps, however there is a workaround that will allow you to create your account. See the Quick Start "Creating a PLU Domain Google Blogger Account" at for step-by step instructions. Or contact the Help Desk for further assistance.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Editing your Google Docs on the go

Over the next several days Google is rolling out mobile editing for Google Docs. That will allow you to edit your docs on the go on your smart phone or iPad.

See the movie below for a quick overview.

Source: Editing your Google Docs on the go - Official Google Mobile Blog

Friday, October 1, 2010

Unthread Your Gmail (or Not)

One of the most hotly debated features in Gmail has been the threading of messages. Unlike more traditional email clients like Thunderbird or Outlook that order incoming email messages chronologically, Gmail displays messages as conversations or threads which group related messages and topics together. But now, users have the option of toggling off the conversation view to see email as individual messages in chronological order.

To Turn Off Gmail’s Conversation (Threaded) View:
  1. Go to the main Settings page
  2. Look for the “Conversation View” section
  3. Select the option "Conversation view off" to turn it off
  4. Save your changes.
If you want to toggle back to Conversation View, you can always go back to Settings and make the switch.

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For more details, see the following official posts from Google:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Gmail: Only send a vacation response to people in your domain

When using a Gmail vacation response, you can now choose to send the vacation response only to individuals in the domain. Go to "Settings" -> "General" -> "Vacation responder" and check the option for "Only send a response to people in Pacific Lutheran University". 

See the official Google blog at: Google Apps update alerts: Gmail: Only send a vacation response to people in your domain

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Gmail - Priority Inbox

Over the course of the next week, the Gmail Priority Inbox feature will be rolled out on the PLU Gmail domain. On the upper right hand corner of your Gmail window you'll see a "New! Priority Inbox" link. Click for instructions on how to proceed. Or watch the video below for a quick introduction.

For more infomation, see the Official Google Blog Article at

For help with Gmail Priority Inbox visit

Fraudulent Emails

From time to time you are likely to receive email messages asking for your PLU email account password. These messages claim to have been sent from a PLU tech support address, but they are in fact fraudulent attempts (often called phishing scams) to obtain your login information. 

PLU will NEVER ask you to reveal your password or other such personal information via email! Never share your password with anyone, ever.  If you have questions about the authenticity of emails, contact the Help Desk at or 253-535-7525. 

For information, check out the Cyber Safety page which contains links to examples of these kinds of fraudulent emails. 

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Collaborative highlighting in Google Docs documents

New collaboration functionality has been rolled out in Google Docs. Highlighting of text by each document collaborator is now visible to all collaborators.

For details, see the Google Docs Blog post at for details.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

New "find a time" feature in Google Calendar

Google Calendar now has a new "Find a Time" feature for creating a calendar event with one or more people. To access this feature, click the "Find a Time" tab in the upper left corner of the Event window.

See Find a time feature - Google Calendar Help for more details and a quick tour. Or view the Google Apps blog announcement

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Convert files in the Google documents list to a Google Docs format

If you have uploaded files into your Google docs document list, you can now convert these files into Google Docs format by right-clicking on the document. In addition, both image files and .pdf files can be converted to text via Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology.

See the link below for more information and a list of file types that can be converted.

Source: Convert files in the documents list to a Google Docs format - Official Google Docs Blog