Color blocks don’t line up nicely on the hour… can I schedule them EASILY?

Why yes, you can. You need to be subscribed to the Color Schedule calendar in Google (see more). You can hide and show calendars by clicking on their names in the left-hand sidebar (I leave the Color Schedule hidden most of the time, because I find it overwhelming). Turn on the Color Schedule calendar and…

Where are the school calendars?

The school’s “master’ calendars (i.e. the ones that you should trust if there is any conflict, dispute or other confusion) are in Google and are synced hourly to Canvas. There are four groups of calendars that may be of interest. Click the links below to view (and, optionally, add to your own Google Calendar) these…

Customize the Google App Launcher

From the Google Operating System blog: Google’s navigation menu is still not customizable. The app launcher interface allows Google to add many cool features like reordering apps, removing them or adding new ones, but for now they’re not available.   Carlos Jeurissen released a Chrome extension that lets you customize the app launcher. You can select from a very long…

Help! I accidentally deleted something in Google Apps!

The good news is that, not only are there backups, but you have direct access to those backups whenever you need (or want)! We use a service called Backupify that creates a searchable backup of all of your files in Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Drive, etc.) whenever you need it. Here’s how to restore something…

People’s calendars are complicated… how do I find shared free time?

If you want to schedule a meeting with a bunch of busy people, one of the biggest hassles is trying to find a time when everyone isn’t busy so you can meet! You can use Google Calendar to do this. You can get to Google Calendar through the toolbar the top of your Gmail. Once…

Got mail!

Okay, you’ve just opened a message in your inbox. Here’s what you can do with it: Use this checkbox and its pull down menu to select multiple items “All”, “unread” ARCHIVE – the item will be removed from your inbox. It can easily be found by searching for a keyword. Since you have lots of…

Gotta love labels!

Organize your mail using labels (which mostly work like folders, but a message can be assigned more than one label). Here’s how to create a new label and and move messages to that label so that they no longer appear in your inbox. To begin open a message or conversation or click checkboxe(s) to select…

Gmail Categories: There’s a catch…

Gmail automatically sorts your some of your incoming mail into categories. A useful feature… however, an important message may be assigned to one of these categories and not be visible in your inbox. So check these categories regularly OR force all these messages to appear in your inbox: Look at the left hand column in…