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Norski Ninja: Week 5

Here’s this week’s Norski Ninja Tip which includes more ways to organize and customize.

Calendar:  You can add other calendars to yours, then toggle them from view whenever you like (like lifting a transparency off an overhead projector).

On the left side of your calendar, click the dropdown box next to Other Calendars and select, “Browse interesting calendars”  Here you can add holidays, sporting events, and a whole variety of interesting calendars from phases of the moon to days of the year.  Here’s the best new feature… adding deforestschools.org resources.  (That’s the computer lab and room calendars)  Just click “subscribe” for the ones you’re interested in and they’ll appear in your list of calendars.

Gmail:  Gmail has some features for organizing and sorting your email.

  • Star:  Click the star next to an email to mark it for later.  On the left, you can click “Starred” to just see those important emails.
  • Conversation View:  You can turn this on and off in Mail Settings.  “Off” means you get separate emails when folks reply, like Groupwise.  “On” means those replies are nested with the original email.
  • Display Density:  With the new look, you can decide how dense you’d like your emails to display.  Click the gear icon and select Comfortable, Cozy, or Compact.  You can also decide how many emails to display on one page.
  • Profile picture:  In Mail settings >> General, you’ll see a place to upload a profile picture.  Do so!  With professional accounts, it’s a good idea to choose a professional looking photo.

Docs:  By now, your Docs home page is probably filling up.  Here are a few tips for organizing your docs.

  • Star:  Click the star next to a doc to mark it “Important”.  On the left, you can click “Starred” to just see those important docs.
  • When you check the box next to a doc/s, you’ll see some options at the top.  You can share, organize, delete, rename, etc.  “Don’t show in Home” is like archiving—out of sight, but tucked away in “All Items”
  • Here’s how to search and navigate your Docs list.
  • And here’s another way to sort your Docs (by file size, by title, most recent, etc…)

Post a comment below, or send an email to Christine sharing what you’ve found helpful from the previous tips or what you’re enjoying about GoogleApps.  We’ll add you to the drawing for fabulous Google prizes!

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