The Remove Formatting button can save you tons of time when copying / pasting text into your email message in Gmail or into a Google Doc in Drive.
March 4, 2014
January 31, 2014
Google Drive makes editing a document easier because everyone can share files and work together - in real time. But in Drive, it’s tough to track all the changes to your shared files. So effective immediately, you’ll notice a new activity stream in Drive – a single, easy-to-view place to review every action taken on your files and folders.
January 9, 2014
On Jan. 20, 2014 Google is changing the UCSC Google sign in page. The new sign-in page will have a consistent look across all the Google Apps services for everyone.
December 13, 2013
Google Groups now has an Auto-Reply feature! If you're the creator or owner/manager of a Google Group, the auto-reply feature allows you to create up to four different, customized auto-responses for different recipients:
December 11, 2013
This is a great new feature Google rolled out to our UCSC domain last week! When you join, invite someone to join, or directly add them to a Google Group, that person will automatically be added to all of the Group's meetings in Google Calendar.
December 6, 2013
You’re probably used to downloading email attachments, but each of those files takes time to download, eats up space on your device, and can get buried deep inside your “Downloads” folder.
November 1, 2013
October 16, 2013
September 25, 2013
Some of you probably didn't even notice, but Google had a substantial problem delivering email messages on Monday, Sept. 23. Read all about it. Remember to always check the ITS website (its.ucsc.edu) for the latest Google and other service outage/status information under News & Alerts.
September 10, 2013
Google Open Labs are available to faculty, staff, and students to drop in and get personal help with Google services. Labs are open two days per month from 1:30 to 3:30 at Kerr Hall 159 and 2300 Delaware 279.
August 21, 2013
It's hard to keep up with every single change Google makes to their products since they release hundreds of updates every year. I try to highlight the "big" updates in this blog specific to UCSC, but here are 5 exciting "little" updates worth mentioning that took place this summer to Gmail and Google Drive.
July 30, 2013
The new Google+ Hangouts is now available to UCSC. The new Hangouts unifies chats, audio calls, and video meetings across all of your devices. Whether you’re in Gmail, on the desktop, Android phones, tablets, iPhone, iPad or using a Chrome extension, you won't miss a thing because all your Hangouts are synchronized. You can start a Hangout on your phone, and pick it up in Gmail right where you left off!
July 16, 2013
June 21, 2013
We get a lot of different types of email: messages from our boss, co-workers and friends, social notifications, deals and offers, confirmations and receipts, and more. All of these emails can compete for our attention and make it harder to focus on the things we need to get done. Sometimes it feels like our inboxes are controlling us, rather than the other way around.
June 12, 2013
May 30, 2013
Google just released a new version of Forms in Google Drive. Forms let you easily create questionnaires and automatically collect responses in a spreadsheet. This new version has better editing options and more ways to work collaboratively.
May 23, 2013
If you do a lot of scheduling over email, it's now easier to create meetings and events directly from your UCSC Gmail account. Starting today, dates and times within emails are lightly underlined: click them to schedule that meeting, event, conference call or lunch date without ever leaving Gmail!
May 22, 2013
The default privacy for new UCSC Google Sites was changed from a
very "open" model to a "private by default, but can be set to open"
model. This change does NOT affect existing Google sites, just new sites created after May 21, 2013.
May 16, 2013
On May 15, Google announced at their developers conference a newly designed and feature rich Google+ application. In addition, they announced an upgraded version of Hangouts. To our surprise, Google then launched these changes. If you have a Google+ profile, you will notice several differences throughout the application.
May 7, 2013
May 6, 2013
Many of us can't imagine life without our smartphones. We use them for all sorts of things, like getting reminders of important calendar appointments and driving directions to a restaurant. With the launch of Google Now for UCSC accounts on Android, iPhone and iPad, your smartphone will become even smarter. Here's a great article posted in the Santa Cruz Sentinel newspaper about what exactly is Google Now and how it works. Read article
April 26, 2013
Do you use Gmail a lot? Then you need to see this graphic with all the keyboard shortcuts that can make working in Gmail a million times easier. It comes complete with visualizations of each action, for some reference of what you're actually accomplishing. Article written by Kyle Wagner
April 17, 2013
Chrome extensions are tiny programs that enhance your Chrome browser experience by allowing you to add extra features and functionality to your tool bar area. Extensions are super simple to add to your Chrome browser and fun to use, especially when using them with Google Apps. Watch a video about Extensions (2 minutes)
April 15, 2013
Do you have multiple Google accounts that you are trying to manage and sometimes use different browsers - like Chrome for your UCSC account and Firefox for personal Gmail account? Here are some tips to help manage all your Google accounts using the same browser.
April 10, 2013
Google Open Labs are now available to faculty, staff, and students to drop in and get personal help with Google services. Labs are open two days per month from 1:30 to 3:30 at Kerr Hall 159 and 2300 Delaware 279.