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Google Apps Basics

How do I log in to Google Apps?

  1. Go to
  2. Log in with your existing user name and password. 
  3. Click the MyApps Logo on the left hand column

Do I have to log in via

Not necessarily.  You could bookmark your inbox page and go directly there, or set it as your homepage.

How long will it take me to get up to speed with Google Apps?

You should be able to begin sending and receiving mail, scheduling calendar events, and managing contacts right away, without any trouble. Becoming accustomed to Gmail's unique mail management features such a conversations and labels can take a bit longer. Within a week, however, many people find they are not only comfortable with Google Apps, but they appreciate the benefits and no longer miss their old application.

For more information on Google Apps essentials, see our First Days section.

Can I open my email or calendar in new tab (not a new window)?

Yes, if you set up Internet Explorer to open links in a new window or tab.  Chrome & Firefox do this by default.

To change this in Internet Explorer, go to Tools >Internet Options>General and click on Settings under the Tabs section.  Then choose Let Internet Explorer decide how to open pop-ups.

Can I access Google Apps before my GroupWise account is migrated?

No, you can't access Google Apps until we migrate your account from GroupWise to Google Apps. (Whether or not you use the Groupwise Client itself for mail does not matter in this case)

Can I access Google Apps offline?

Yes, Google has an early version of a new tool that provides offline access to your most recent email messages. To enable the feature, click the Settings link in the upper-right corner of your Mail window. Then, under Offline, click Enable.  There are similar features for Docs or Calendar.

Do I need to use the VPN to access Google Apps when I'm offsite?

No, simply login to from anywhere in the world to access your email and calendar.

Requirements and Language Support

Which web browsers can I use with Google Apps?

Google Apps supports the following browsers:
Internet Explorer is the official supported browser for GSU, but you are free to use others.  Being a Google product, Chrome is the most compatible with Google Apps.

Are there any other system requirements or software needed?

No. Because Google Apps runs in a web browser, you just need to use a supported browser.

What languages does Google Apps support? 

The interface for both Google Apps Email and Google Calendar are available in over 50 languages! For a list of the available languages and instructions on how to set a different language, refer to the Gmail Help Center.

Other General Questions

Will we have access to Google Labs?

Yes, you access Google Mail Labs by clicking the Labs (green flask) icon in the upper-right corner of your Mail window. Note that Google Mail Labs is a collection of new ideas for Google Mail features that you can try. Please be aware that these features are not officially "released" and can change, become unstable, or disappear at any time.

What are some of the useful Google Labs?

This all depends on how you like to work, but some of the more useful Labs are:

    • Title Tweaks
    • Inserting Images
    • Move Icon Column
    • Nested Labels
    • Google Calendar Gadget
    • Hide Read Labels
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