How do I log into my Google Apps account?

1. Start in any of the common web browsers.  Google's Chrome browser provides the most features, however, modern versions of Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer work well too.  To access your account go to the the sites for Gmail, Calendar, or Drive:

http://gmail.ucar.edu

http://calendar.ucar.edu

http://drive.ucar.edu

2. Log in with your UCAR email address and UCAS Password:

<username>@ucar.edu>
<CIT Password>

3. Click on the grid icon   in the upper right corner to access all your Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Hangouts, Groups, Photos, etc.)


How do I get started?

Start by clicking on the link below or search for the Google Apps Learning Center.  Click on the app icon you'd like to learn more about and check out  the quick start guides, guides, cheat sheets and help in switching from other tools to Google Apps.

Google Apps Learning Center

Here's a Quick Start Guide if you need to get up and running fast

Google Apps Quick Start Guide


Where can I get help?

There are many ways to get help with Google Apps

1. Search this Site or Google - Use keywords in the above Search box or go to google.com where you can use keywords or "how do I..." questions

2. Select Help in the top nav or in the gear icon of Gmail, Calendar, or Drive

3. Use Synergyse training - In Chrome, click the multi-color circle Training icon in upper right.  In other browsers, visit Synergyse

If you don't have the Training icon in your Chrome, follow these easy steps while signed in to your Google Apps account:

    1. Click this link to Synergyse
    2. Click the install button
    3. Click Add in the Chrome dialogue box
4. Review Google's Learning Center and detailed Help - Search the common questions section.
Learn from other Googlers who share their favorite productivity tips and customer examples in the weekly Learning Center video series.

5. Review our own Google Apps Tips

6. Try UCAR's Google Forum - Search prior Q&A and submit new questions.  To join, click this link and then the Join Group button.  Here's a reference guide for using the forum.

7. Get Help from IT - Contact your Lab/Program IT support from this list or submit this Inquiry/Feedback Form


What's included in Google Apps?

The core Google Apps are:
 App Description Links
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ail
 Mailbox for receiving and sending email.  Also for Contacts.Learn &
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Calendar
 For scheduling meetings, tasks, and conference roomsLearn &
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Drive
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Team Drive
 Online storage and collaboration tools for Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms.  Similar to Microsoft Office suite.

Google Team Drives are shared spaces where teams can easily store, search, and access their files anywhere, from any device.
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Groups
 For building and using mailing lists and online forums

Go to the Tips page for instructions on how to set up Google Groups in our domain.
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Hangouts
 For text chatting and video conference callsLea
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You may also use additional Google Apps like:

Google+ - a professional social media platform where you can share information and collaborate, both inside and outside our organization

Photos - an online album for storing, editing, and sharing images

YouTube - a service for capturing, storing, editing, and sharing videos and for subscribing to the channels of organizations and individuals

Google Maps - a geolocation service for looking up, saving, and sharing locations, routes, and geo-related data

Google Apps Accessibility

UCAR is committed to providing help information and assistance for all staff, including those with accessibility concerns.  Google Apps accessibility considerations, information for content creators, information for content consumers, alternatives/workarounds, and more can be found on Google's Accessibility website.

Benefits

  • Anywhere, Anytime, Any Device
  • Quota: Google Apps come with 30GB of storage.  Native Google file formats do not count against your quota (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms).  You may purchase more by following the procedures on the Account Information page
  • Collaboration:  Apps like Groups, Hangouts, and Drive provide great collaboration capabilities, internally and externally.  See Google's Tips Library
  • Continuous Upgrades and Enhancements:  New features are added weekly.  View the release calendar, read monthly newsletter, or subscribe to weekly email announcements at Google Apps Updates