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  • Google Updates Alerts for 5/19/16

    Embed charts from Google Sheets in Google Docs and Slides and update them with a single click

    Posted: 18 May 2016 12:38 PM PDT

    Charts help you display data in a visually compelling way. At work, the same chart may be used across multiple documents and presentations, to help you better convey your message and strengthen your argument. If that chart changes, it can be tedious and time-consuming to replace it in each and every file. To save you valuable time, we’re now making it possible to update your chart with a single click—without ever needing to leave your document or presentation.

    To get started, simply go to Insert > Chart in Google Docs or Slides on the web. Insert a new chart, or select From Sheets to add an existing chart from the spreadsheet of your choice. As long as you check the Link to spreadsheet box, you’ll be given the option to update the chart with one click if its underlying data in Google Sheets changes. Should you no longer want to be notified of updates to a particular chart, you can simply unlink it. This same functionality is available if you copy and paste a chart into a document or presentation.



    Please note that the ability to import or update linked charts will only be available to collaborators with edit access to the document, presentation, or underlying spreadsheet. For more information on embedding charts in your Docs and Slides files, check out the Help Center articles below.

    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)

    Impact:
    All end users

    Action:
    Change management suggested/FYI

    More Information
    Help Center: Add a chart to a slide
    Help Center: Add a chart to a document

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    Opening Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files on mobile now easier when you’re offline

    Posted: 18 May 2016 12:21 PM PDT

    We know that internet connections can be spotty when you’re working on your phone on the go. And we recognize that sometimes you need access to a file you didn’t remember to make available offline. With this launch, we’ll make it easier to open Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files on your Android and iOS devices when you’re not online.

    Starting today, any Docs, Sheets, or Slides files you’ve recently worked on will be automatically synced to your mobile device, so you can open them even if you don’t have an internet connection. As your documents, spreadsheets, and presentations go stale—or if your phone or tablet maxes out on storage space—we’ll remove those older files from your device. To see what documents are saved to your device and to access them later, simply select Offlinefrom the overflow menu in your Docs, Sheets, or Slides app. This will show files synced both automatically and manually (note that manually synced files will now be labeled with a checkmark, instead of a pin icon).



    Launch Details
    Release track:
    Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

    Rollout pace:
    Gradual rollout (potentially longer than 3 days for feature visibility)

    Impact:
    All end users

    Action:
    Change management suggested/FYI
    Posted May 19, 2016, 5:25 AM by James Hatz
  • Guide to Lucid Chart
    Just posted a new Guide to Lucid Chart under the Google Apps menu. 
    Posted May 6, 2016, 5:44 AM by James Hatz
  • New features in Slides

    Accept questions from your audience when presenting in Google Slides

    Posted: 04 May 2016 01:29 PM PDT

    Any skilled presenter knows that an interactive presentation is often an effective presentation. Starting today, you can better engage your audience by allowing them to submit questions and vote on them during Google Slides presentations.

    To see the feature in action, check out this video in which Google Science Fair winner Shree Bose fields questions from a group of 200 middle school students.



    A few things to note:

    • You can only use Slides Q&A if you have edit or comment access to that Slides presentation.
    • By default, any user in your domain can submit a question. If your organization permits external sharing, you can allow external users to submit questions as well.

    For more information on how to accept, submit, and view audience questions in Google Slides, check out the Help Center.

    Bonus! Allowing your audience to ask questions isn’t the only way we’re improving the presentation experience on Slides today. We’re also making the following possible:

    • Use your mouse as a laser pointer in Slides on the web. Just choose the laser pointer option from the toolbar and move your mouse, and a red laser-like dot will appear in the same place on screen, helping your audience know where to look and when.
    • In the Slides iOS app, present to a new Hangout or to a Hangout selected from a meeting on your Google Calendar. For more information, check out the Help Center

    Launch Details
    Release track:
    Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release:

    • All mobile features
    • All audience features on mobile and desktop

    Launching to Rapid release, with Scheduled release coming in two weeks:

    • Ability for a presenter to enable Q&A on desktop

    Rollout pace:
    Gradual rollout (potentially longer than 3 days for feature visibility)
    Posted May 5, 2016, 5:55 AM by James Hatz
  • Respond quickly with Google Drive notifications in Google Chrome

    Posted: 25 Apr 2016 11:40 AM PDT

    We’re pleased to announce that Google Drive will now support web notifications when your colleagues share Google Drive files with you, or request access to files.
    Please note:
    • Users must opt-in to turn on notifications.
    • This feature will only be visible while using Google Chrome. 
    • Users can control which notifications they receive, on a per-device basis.

    To make users aware of these notifications, Google Drive will show a message in the bottom left of the document list, outlining the benefits with a link to enable the feature.


    Launch Details
    Release track: 
    Launching to Rapid release, with Scheduled release coming in 2 weeks
    Posted Apr 26, 2016, 6:04 AM by James Hatz
  • Resize the formula bar for easier reading and typing in Google Sheets

    Posted: 25 Apr 2016 12:29 PM PDT

    Working with long and complicated formulas is tough enough as is; you shouldn’t have to struggle to simply read them. Fortunately, this launch makes it easier to view and type those lengthy equations in Google Sheets on the web, by allowing you to drag and expand the formula bar.

    Only have view or comment access to a spreadsheet? Previously, it was difficult to read the entire content of a cell containing a large amount of text. With this launch, you can simply click the bottom of the function bar and drag it up or down to make it big enough to see everything within it.



    Check out the Help Center for more information on working with formulas in Sheets.
    Posted Apr 26, 2016, 6:03 AM by James Hatz
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  • Computer Best Practices   0k - Dec 7, 2015, 8:05 AM by James Hatz (v1)
    ‎Changes for the 2010/2011 school year for staff to be aware of.‎
  • 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
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