Updates and Announcements

Collaboration Drop-In Sessions

posted Apr 22, 2014, 10:39 AM by Ryan Vis   [ updated by Rita Girardi ]

Don't miss out on these learning opportunities! Bring your laptop and mobile device to one of the Collaboration Drop-in Sessions on campus and get answers to all your collaboration tool questions from the experts. No appointment necessary! See below for dates, times, and locations or download our flyer to advertise the sessions in your area. 

May 12: 11am - 3pm - Michigan Union (in front of the ticket office, ground floor)
May 14: 1pm - 3pm - Pierpont Commons (in front of Computer Showcase)
May 19: 2pm to 4pm - Shapiro Library
May 23: 11am to 1pm - Shapiro Library
May 28: 1pm to 3pm - Angell Hall

New Sheets Coming to UMICH

posted Apr 21, 2014, 5:39 AM by Ryan Vis

Back in December, we announced that Google would be releasing a new version of Sheets. Google will begin the roll-out of New Sheets to UMICH sometime over the coming weeks. This upgrade—which could take several days to complete—does not affect existing spreadsheets and only relates to any new spreadsheets created. You will not see any prompts about the new Sheets unless you create a new spreadsheet. Feature differences between the old and new sheets are explained in this support article. The release of New Sheets will also include Add-Ons for Sheets, which have already been activated in Docs. (See previous announcement.)

KNOWN ISSUE: Error signing into Chrome browser

posted Apr 16, 2014, 8:43 AM by Jennifer Mruk   [ updated Apr 17, 2014, 12:53 AM by Rita Girardi ]

UMICH users signing into their Chrome browser have been experiencing a login error due to a bug in the version of Chrome released last week. Google is aware of the problem and is working on a solution. Until the issue is fixed, probably in a new version of Chrome, there is a workaround URL that will allow you to log in without the error:


Google Workshops at Enriching Scholarships

posted Apr 14, 2014, 10:35 AM by Jennifer Mruk

There are several Google workshops at this years Enriching Scholarships. Take a look at the Collaborate Calendar for dates, times, and a description of available workshops. These workshops are free! Find one that fits your schedule and register at Teaching and Technology Collaborative. 

Mass Email Options

posted Apr 3, 2014, 10:59 AM by Jennifer Mruk   [ updated Apr 3, 2014, 11:04 AM ]

Do you send emails to groups of faculty, staff, students or alumni? Do you want to know more about what your email options are and how to access each option? We've compiled a list of options to help you make the best choice for your needs. Check out Mass email Options and find out the best way to get those messages out without clogging your inbox or having your messages marked as spam. 

Add-Ons for Docs Is Here!

posted Apr 1, 2014, 5:47 AM by Rita Girardi   [ updated Apr 3, 2014, 9:40 PM ]

(Add-ons for Sheets is tied to the new Google Sheets, and Google has not yet announced when it will release new Sheets to U-M accounts. We will post more information as it becomes available.)

Add-ons offers you more features when creating documents. Ever wish you had track changes in your Google document, or that you could send customized emails more easily? Add-ons provides those options. Would an automated approval workflow save you time? Add-ons can help. Check out this new feature by clicking the Add-ons tab in your Google Doc. Once an Add-on is installed, it becomes available across all of your Docs, including those already created. 

Curious about what Add-ons can offer? Read more about Add-ons on the official Google Drive blog.

NOTE: Please keep in mind that Add-ons are created, maintained, and supported by third parties and are not part of the Core Apps. Therefore, they are not protected by our privacy and security agreement with Google.      

New Feature for Sites

posted Mar 28, 2014, 5:41 AM by Jennifer Mruk   [ updated Apr 10, 2014, 12:47 AM by Rita Girardi ]

You now have the option to allow viewers to comment on your Sites page!  Click "Allow page viewers to comment" under Manage Site on the General tab (this option is turned off by default). Once this option is turned on and saved, viewers will be able to comment. 

Canceled: March U-M Collaboration Forum Event

posted Mar 13, 2014, 1:15 PM by Jennifer Mruk   [ updated Mar 25, 2014, 6:11 AM ]

The March Collaboration Forum event has been canceled.  We hope you will be able to join us for our next Collaboration Forum meeting on May 21 at 1pm in Palmer Commons - Great Lakes Central. 

March Tool of the Month: Mail & Calendar Revisited

posted Mar 11, 2014, 5:54 AM by Jennifer Mruk

The March tool of the month is Google Mail and Calendar revisited. Now that you've been using Google Mail and Calendar on a regular basis, spend a little time looking into the advanced features of these Apps to learn how to really take advantage of all your M+Google account has to offer. For example, do you know what you'll find when you Browse Interesting calendars? Take a look at the Guide to Mail and Calendar Materials on the Web to find out about that and more. And tune in on Thursday, March 13 at 10 a.m. for the Tool of the Month webinar to hear Ryan Vis discuss advanced features of Mail and Calendar and answer your questions. 

Have you checked out Google App Scripts?

posted Mar 10, 2014, 10:29 AM by Jennifer Mruk   [ updated Mar 10, 2014, 11:17 AM ]

Apps Script helps you to increase the power of your favorite Google apps - like Calendar, Docs, Drive, Mail, and Sheets. Google Apps Script is a JavaScript cloud scripting language that provides easy ways to automate tasks across Google products and build web applications.

Check out the GEC App Script Center to view 100 popular Apps Scripts. The spreadsheet has a detailed description of each App Script. Copy the Link to view code from line 2 of the spreadsheet and paste for the URL to access each script in the Sheet. To learn more about finding and adding a script, see Installing a Script from the Gallery. For more information about Google Apps Script visit Google's App Script site and Google's Apps Script resources for developers

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