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GoogleApps, Ninjas, and Prizes

Each week for the next 10 weeks, we’ll be sharing some tips for Gmail, Docs, and Calendar with staff. Our tips are based on the Norski NInja skills some of you may have seen. So, if you follow along for 10 weeks, you too can become a NInja.

  • Gmail: Themes are a great way to make your mailbox your own. You can change colors and other features to make your mailbox look the way you’d like. Here’s how.
  • Docs: Besides letting you create documents, Docs can be your flash drive in the sky. Need to use a file at home? Upload it. If you’d like your document to stay as Word, PowerPoint, or Excel, you can choose not to convert it to a GoogleDoc.  Each time you upload a file, GoogleDocs will ask whether or not you’d like to convert it. Here are more details about uploading.
  • Calendar: One nice thing about calendar is that you can see who’s coming to your event. If you’ve created an event and invited attendees, an RSVP list builds as they respond. Here’s how to create an event and add people. You can even give people rights to modify the event or use the “Find a Time” feature . . . no more emails trying to find just the right time.

In addition to the tips, you can enter a drawing each week for some Google prizes. All you have to do is share how the skills have helped you. And how do you do that? Add a comment to the blog post. The first drawing will be next week for those who share this week. Besides entering the drawing, you can share with colleagues and gather ideas.


2 Responses

  1. Bill and I edited created a document together while each at our separate computers. It was easy to collaborate together and see what we were working with- it took no time at all!

  2. I love using the google calendar to schedule appointments/meetings with other staff. I can check their calendars first to make sure I’m at least starting with time we are all available – that has saved a HUGE amount of time that used to be wasted in sending out multiple emails trying to find a common available time. By inviting the guests, I save them the time it would take them to write the meeting on their calendars since the meeting is automatically added when they confirm that they will be attending the meeting. 🙂 Ann S

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