Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Automatic Upgrade to Gmail's New Look to Happen Soon

You'll be automatically upgraded to the new Gmail look very soon. But if you don't want to wait, you can switch to it today by logging into Gmail and clicking "Switch to the new look."

Check out the video to see some of the new Gmail improvements.

And for more information about the Gmail new look visit Gmail's New Look.

Monday, October 3, 2011

New Look of Google Docs and Sites Being Rolled Out

Starting October 3, Google is rolling out the new look of Google Docs and Sites. The new look design focuses on highlighting your content with cleaner and more prominent menus, toolbars, and action buttons. 

If you’re still not ready for the new look you can revert to the Classic look, via Help > Use the classic look. The classic look will be supported for at least a few more weeks. 

For more info visit: Experience the new look of Docs and Sites | Docs Blog

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Add Live Charts to Google Sites

Now you can display Google Docs charts in your Google Sites pages by going to Insert Menu and choosing Charts in the edit mode. You can choose from either a Live view of the data when the page is generated or from a Snapshot of the graph data from a particular time slice. 

For more details see: Visualize your data with charts in Google Sites | Docs Blog

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Comment-only Access in Google Documents

Over the next few days Google Docs will enable comment-only collaboration in docs. This allows you to invite collaborators to comment on documents without actually editing the document.

For more information see: Comment-only access in Google documents - Docs Blog

Friday, September 2, 2011

"How I Use Google Docs as a Student"

Five uses for Google Docs from one student's perspective:
  1. Work together on group projects 
  2. Take notes collaboratively 
  3. Convert PDFs and handouts to searchable text with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) 
  4. Save major assignments in the cloud 
  5. Collect information from a group with forms 
See the story link below for more details:

from: How I use Google Docs as a student - Docs Blog:

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

New Google Mail Lab: Preview Pane

Ever wish that you could view your list of Gmail messages as well as see the content of an individual message? The Gmail Lab "Preview Pane" provides this functionality; click on the image below for an example. This works especially well when you have lots of screen space.

To enable this lab:

  1. Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of your Gmail window and choose "Mail settings". 
  2. Click on the "Labs" tab and search for "preview pane". 
  3. Click the "Enable" radio button to the right and then click the "Save Changes" button at the bottom of the page.
For more information and detailed instructions, visit the Google Enterprise Blog posting.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Try Out the Google Docs New Look

Along with Gmail and Google Calendar, you can now try out the new look for Google Docs. To do this, click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of the Google Docs page and select "Try the New Look". 

For more information see the Google Docs blog posting: Try out a new look and keyboard shortcuts for your documents list - Docs Blog

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Filters Added to Google Spreadsheets

Google Spreadsheets New Filter Tool
Google Spreadsheets now has a filter tool to enable you to select and view subsets of your spreadsheet data.

For more information and an illustrated Quick Start, visit the Google Docs Blog posting Filter your data in spreadsheets.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Cosmetic Changes to Gmail, Docs, Sites, and Contacts

There's a slightly new look to the top menu bar of Google Gmail, Docs, and Sites in Google Apps for Education. The navigation links at the top left corner of the page are now more button-like. And the top right links for getting to Settings, Help, etc. have been rolled under a gear icon.

In Gmail, the left menu has been "cleaned up" to make it easier to get to Contacts and Tasks. You can also hide the Contacts and Tasks buttons by clicking the "-" sign to the right of "Mail". And now there's a more prominent "Compose Mail" button. This results in a smaller header area that put the first message in you Inbox about 16 pixels higher on the screen than before.

For more information, visit:  http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/updates-to-contacts-and-slightly-new.html

Thursday, February 3, 2011

New Look to Google Docs List

There's a new look and feel to the Google Docs document list. This update includes: 
  • More filters such as "type" and "visibility state" to narrow your searches
  • Priority sorting as in Gmail has been added as option
  • Preview panel to the right to see a thumbnail preview and sharing settings for the document 

For more information, visit the posting A refresh to the Documents List on the Google Docs Blog.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Desktop Notifications for Emails and Chat Messages

If you use the Google Chrome browser, you can now enable desktop email and chat notifications. See more details here.