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  • Clearer indication of 'View' and 'Comment' access in Google Docs editors

    Posted: 20 Jul 2015 10:04 AM PDT

    In an effort to make it more clear when people using the Google Docs editors have only ‘View’ or ‘Comment’ access to a file―and to simplify the process of requesting edit access―we’re making some minor UI tweaks.

    Starting today, those with ‘View only’ access to a document, spreadsheet, slide, or drawing will see a new blue button in the toolbar:
    Those with ‘Comment only’ access to a spreadsheet, slide, or drawing will see a similar green button (in documents, the ‘Suggesting’ mode indication will remain in the right side of the toolbar):
    Clicking on the button allows one to easily request edit access from the file owner:
    Check out the Help Center for more information on file sharing.

    Launch Details 
    Release track:  
    Launching to Rapid release, with Scheduled release coming in two weeks

    Rollout pace: 
    Full rollout (1-3 days for feature visibility)

    All end users

    Change management suggested/FYI

    More Information
    Help Center

    Posted Jul 20, 2015, 6:24 PM by James Hatz
  • New to Google Drive - custom maps.

    Create and manage custom maps in Google Drive

    Posted: 01 Jul 2015 10:25 AM PDT

    Google My Maps makes it simple to create, share, and publish custom maps online for a variety of business purposes—from publicizing a company’s location to mapping delivery routes and planning events. Now integrated with Google Drive, My Maps allows anyone to easily create maps with custom lines, shapes, and placemarks, to import geographic data (like addresses, places, and coordinates) into maps, and to share maps as they do other Drive files. Shared maps are subject to the same permission settings as other Drive files, allowing Apps admins to decide which groups of employees can share maps within or outside of their domains.

    Google Apps admins can turn the My Maps service on or off for their entire domains or specific OUs from within the Admin console (underApps > Additional Google services). Note that these maps are only available on the web; they can’t be accessed offline and can’t be synced to an individual’s hard drive. As with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files, maps do not count toward one’s Google Drive storage limit. Check out the Help Center links below for more information.
    Posted Jul 2, 2015, 6:05 AM by James Hatz
  • Animation improvements in Google Slides

    Animation improvements in Google Slides

    Posted: 28 Apr 2015 07:36 AM PDT

    Animations are an easy way to make your presentations look more dynamic in Google Slides. Starting today, you can improve your Slides presentations with two new animations: Appear and Disappear. You can also now set the direction (to and from left, right, top, and bottom) of two previously existing animations: Fly in and Fly out.

    Release track: 
    Rapid release and Scheduled release
    Posted Apr 29, 2015, 5:34 AM by James Hatz
  • Google Apps Update Alerts for March 30th

    Conditional formatting improvements in Google Sheets

    Posted: 30 Mar 2015 02:58 PM PDT

    People using Google Sheets will now have more powerful conditional formatting options. This launch will add the following features:

    • Ability to add gradient conditional formatting rules (e.g. green -> orange, where the lowest numbers are shaded green and the highest are shaded orange, with gradient shades in between)
    • More style choices like bolding, striking through, and italicizing text based on conditional formatting rules
    • A new look for the conditional formatting editing pane
    • Import/export of color scale conditional formatting


    Conditional formatting can be added by highlighting the relevant cells and selecting Format > Conditional formatting from the menus.

    Release track:
    Rapid release and Scheduled release

    For more information:
    Help Center

    Note: all launches are applicable to all Google Apps editions unless otherwise noted

    Launch release calendar
    Get these product update alerts by email
    Subscribe to the RSS feed of these updates

    Google+ Photos coming to Google Drive

    Posted: 30 Mar 2015 02:42 PM PDT

    Google Drive allows you to store and access your files anywhere—on the web, on your hard drive, or on the go. We’re now making it easier to store and organize your photos and videos in Google Drive as well.

    Moving forward, people using Google+ Photos will see their photos and videos automatically in Google Drive. They will appear in a new menu item called Google Photos, and can be shared, moved, and renamed like any other Drive file:


    This feature will start rolling out for consumers today in Drive for Android, iOS and the web, and will roll out gradually to Apps customers in the coming weeks. A notification in Drive will give people the option to add a Google Photos folder to My Drive, allowing them to manage their photos and videos alongside other types of files if they so choose. Existing Google+ Photos users will notice their photos and videos available in Drive in the coming weeks. 

    Note: photos and videos backed up to Drive via Auto Backup will not count towards storage quota, but Apps users may want to review their Google+ Photos Auto Backup settings to avoid inadvertent syncing to their corporate Drive account.

    See the Help Center for more information on organizing, syncing and deletion options.

    Release track:
    Rapid release (gradual rollout) starting in the coming weeks, with Scheduled release to follow two weeks after rollout to Rapid. See the release calendar for specific dates as they are available.

    For more information:
    Help Center
    Get the latest Google Drive apps from Google Play and the App Store
    Drive blog post
    Posted Mar 31, 2015, 5:53 AM by James Hatz
  • Two new GAFE announcements

    Posted: 25 Feb 2015 11:22 AM PST

    Today we announced several improvements to Google Classroom. On the web, teachers can now bring their own personal touches to Classroom by uploading their own images to use as themes. They can add their own custom images, or choose from our gallery of options, which has been updated with 18 new images and 30 pattern themes.

    For the Android and iOS Classroom apps, we added the ability for students and teachers to view the class resource page, and a few other features for both Android and iOS. 

    The Classroom app allows students to do their work anytime, anywhere and is designed for schools with iPads or Android tablets and students' personal devices. If you are a Google Apps for Education admin and your school is using managed Android tablets, iPads, or ChromeOS devices, please consider installing the Classroom app centrally, as students may not be able to install it themselves. To make sure students have a great experience using the Classroom app, be sure to install the Drive and Docs apps (Docs, Slides, and Sheets) to the devices at the same time. 

    To learn more about our native mobile apps, please visit the Classroom Help Center.

    Release track:
    Rapid release and Scheduled release

    For more information:
    Help Center

    Note: all launches are applicable to all Google Apps editions unless otherwise noted

    Launch release calendar
    Get these product update alerts by email
    Subscribe to the RSS feed of these updates

    Customizable headers and footers, page numbers in Google Docs

    Posted: 25 Feb 2015 10:17 AM PST

    People using Google Docs can now use different headers and footers on the first pages of their documents, which comes in handy for:

    • Following academic formatting guidelines (e.g. MLA, CMS, APA)
    • Starting page numbering on the second page
    • Making a title page without headers or footers

    After inserting a header or footer in your document you’ll see a new checkbox―just tick it and you’ll be able to set a different header and footer on the first page:

    There’s also a new Insert > Page Number menu that lets you customize how and where you start your page numbers―like on the bottom of the second page, for example.
    Posted Feb 26, 2015, 11:06 AM by James Hatz
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  • Changing Browser Home Page   0k - Jul 5, 2011, 6:27 AM by James Hatz (v1)
    ‎Links to instructions on how to change various browser homepage settings for both Mac and Windows users.‎
  • Saving to your networked Home drive from Microsoft Office on a Windows 7 PC.doc   258k - Mar 14, 2011, 12:40 PM by James Hatz (v1)
    ‎Instructions for saving from classmate pc‎
  • Saving YouTube Videos as a file   0k - Oct 6, 2010, 1:54 PM by James Hatz (v1)
    ‎Sometimes you may wish to save a youtube video for use in another program or at a computer without Internet access. This document explains how.‎
  • moodle template.xls   30k - Oct 6, 2010, 9:00 AM by James Hatz (v1)
    ‎Template to import students into Moodle‎
  • Changing File Associations on the Mac   0k - Aug 14, 2010, 8:12 PM by James Hatz (v1)
    ‎Simple four step process for changing default file associations.‎
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