Tips and Tricks

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Do you have a tip or trick that you would like to see featured on this site? Ideas for Google gadgets for the Start Page? Topics you want to find out more about? Are there training docs or video tutorials you want developed?
We are looking for ideas and topics to spotlight. Email or post to our new Google Group: Google Works with your ideas and suggestions.

Spreadsheet tips and tricks

posted Jul 24, 2013, 6:47 PM by

Use spreadsheets a lot? See this presentation for some great tips and tricks.

Learning how to search better in Gmail

posted Jun 10, 2013, 8:25 AM by

Want to search and find email easier and faster? See this blog article for tips and tricks: 

Canned Reponses

posted Apr 17, 2013, 7:24 PM by

Do you find yourself sending the same message again and again. Use canned responses to set up easy to use templates. See this blog article for tips and tricks: 

Do you want to select which calendars to sync with your mobile Apple device?

posted Jan 16, 2013, 6:09 AM by

For iPhone/iPad/iPod if you have multiple calendars in your Google account or are subscribed to multiple calendars, you can select which ones get synced to your device by logging into Google in a web
browser then visiting this site:

Select the calendars you want to sync and click "Save"(bottom right) after making your choices.

Google Apps No Longer Supports Export to Old Format of Office Files as of January 31, 2013

posted Sep 28, 2012, 8:53 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 10, 2014, 7:24 AM by ]

Google will discontinue support of Google Docs exported in Office 1997-2003 format (.doc, .xls, .ppt) on January 31, 2013 -- an extension of the original date of October 1, 2012. After January 31, 2013, if you access Google Docs or Google Drive and attempt to download a document, existing office format download options  (docx, xslx, pptx) are still supported in addition to any other existing options.

If you need to upgrade your office suite you may be eligible to receive Microsoft Office 10 from OIT as part of our campus agreement. To take advantage of this offer, you must report through one of the following participating units.

  • Academic Affairs
  • Advancement
  • Finance and Administration
  • President's Office
  • Office of Diversity

Please complete the standard Software Request Form and send to to order these free products.

4 ways to do Mail Merge using Google Apps Script

posted Oct 31, 2011, 2:01 PM by   [ updated Mar 10, 2014, 8:35 AM by ]

See this blog entry for some great tips. But remember that you are limited to 100 recipients when sending via Outlook and 500 recipients via Google Apps in a web browser client. If you regularly send to larger groups contact OIT to explore your options.

Google Calendar - Appointment Slots

posted Jun 28, 2011, 6:56 AM by

Ever wanted to let others know about your preferred availability? Now you can with appointment slots in your Google Calendar. We see great opportunities in this feature... read more about it:

Want to open a google mail compose window instead of the default desktop mail client?

posted Mar 16, 2011, 11:10 AM by

This free Google Chrome web browser plugin makes html mailto links open a google mail compose window instead of the default desktop mail client opening.

After installing, make sure and go into tools->extensions and use its options to define the google apps domain to be so it uses your uah account instead of

Make your alias your preferred "send mail from" address

posted Jun 8, 2010, 1:23 PM by   [ updated Mar 10, 2014, 8:44 AM by ]

You can now set your default email address to send mail from. Previously, all email sent was associated with your official UAH email address so that is the address recipients saw when receiving an email from you, now you can add your alias and have that address be your preferred address. Visit our FAQ to find out how.

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