What's New With Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides?

What's New With Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides?

December 13, 2018

​What's New With Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides?

New interface for Activity dashboard in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

Better table management with the new vertical ruler

New controls over header and footer layout

 

Google Calendar Notifications

Google Calendar Notifications

October 16, 2018

Non-Google Calendar users will always receive update notifications via email! 

Gmail Smart Compose

Gmail Smart Compose

October 2, 2018

Google to launch Smart Compose for Gmail in the VCU domain after 10/10/18.  It intelligently autocompletes your emails.

New Gmail Changing October 16

New Gmail Changing October 16

May 16, 2018

New Gmail Changing October 16

Google Contacts Update

Google Contacts Update

August 20, 2018

Google Contacts has a fresh look and feel. 

Better manage your work and personal time with Google Calendar

Better manage your work and personal time with Google Calendar

July 12, 2018

Introducing a new out of office option in and customizable working hours in Google Calendar!

Include a message when changing meeting details in Google Calendar

Include a message when changing meeting details in Google Calendar

June 5, 2018

Include a message when changing meeting details in Google Calendar

Gmail's Getting a New Look - Available May 22

Gmail's Getting a New Look - Available May 22

May 16, 2018

Gmail's Getting a New Look - Available May 22

Coming May 7 - Additional verification prompt in Chrome

Coming May 7 - Additional verification prompt in Chrome

May 2, 2018

coming may 7 - additional verification prompt in chrome

 

Smartsheet Product Update April 2018

Smartsheet Product Update April 2018

April 12, 2018

Here is a debrief of the release notes outlining new features in the latest Smartsheet release. For more details please visit the Smartsheet Release Notes at https://www.smartsheet.com/release-notes

 

Gmail sorting options for Android app

Gmail sorting options for Android app

March 8, 2018

Gmail sorting options for your inbox, including unread first, important first, starred first, and priority inbox is now available to the Gmail app for Android.

Coming February 28 - a new look for Google's Calendar and Resources

Coming February 28 - a new look for Google's Calendar and Resources

February 26, 2018

Google has redesigned the web calendar similar to the mobile application with a responsive layout that auto-adjusts to your screen size, including a redesign of conference room (resource) scheduling.  February 28 Google will transition all users to the new UI and remove the option to switch back.

Google Calendar Resources have a new look

Google Calendar Resources have a new look

February 22, 2018

Calendar resources have a new look with richer room information to make booking a room easier. Now when booking rooms you will see the room's location details, maximum capacity, and available equipment.

Email members of a Team Drive

Email members of a Team Drive

February 15, 2018

Google is adding the ability to email all the members of a Team Drive or people who have access to a file in a Team Drive. 

 

Google Directory Update

Google Directory Update

January 11, 2018

On Friday, Jan 12, 2018, Collaboration Services will update the Google Directory to remove the middle initial in the VCU Google domain for faculty/staff.

Team Drive is coming January 22, 2018

Team Drive is coming January 22, 2018

December 12, 2017

Team Drives will be available for users in the VCU Faculty/Staff domain beginning January 22, 2018.  A Team Drive can be used for projects, committees, departments, or other team-related purposes.  View this video for details.

Available November 13 - A new look and new features to Google Calendar on the web

Available November 13 - A new look and new features to Google Calendar on the web

November 10, 2017

Google has redesigned the web calendar similar to the mobile application with a responsive layout that auto-adjusts to your screen size, including a redesign of conference room (resource) scheduling.

 

Ask Doctor Gee Brown Bag Lunch Workshop

Ask Doctor Gee Brown Bag Lunch Workshop

October 31, 2017

On Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, from noon to 1 p.m, "Ask Doctor Gee" brown bag lunch workshop in Sanger Hall, Room B1-020.

October 4, 2017 - Google Drive Gets Easier with Drive File Stream

October 4, 2017 - Google Drive Gets Easier with Drive File Stream

September 21, 2017

Google’s Drive File Stream is a new desktop application that functions similar to a mapped network drive on your Mac/PC.

Better manage large events in Google Calendar

Better manage large events in Google Calendar

September 1, 2017

Event organizers working on large events (200 or more guests) can export guest data to a sheet and when using Google Groups Calendar will automatically invite any new group members who join after the invite was sent and automatically remove members who leave the group. 

Meet Chat

Meet Chat

August 8, 2017

Chat in Hangout Meet is now available! 

Two Factor Authentication Coming August 1st

Two Factor Authentication Coming August 1st

July 10, 2017

VCU G Suite will be migrating to two factor authentication on August 1, 2017. This change will improve security when attempting to access VCU data. For additional details please visit http://go.vcu.edu/2factor

New Google Backup & Sync - NOT Recommended for VCU Users

New Google Backup & Sync - NOT Recommended for VCU Users

July 10, 2017

New Google Backup & Sync - NOT Recommended for VCU Users

Quick Access for Google Drive

Quick Access for Google Drive

June 28, 2017

Now available on the web

Fully transitioning Google Talk to Hangouts and Hangouts Meet

Fully transitioning Google Talk to Hangouts and Hangouts Meet

June 26, 2017

With the introduction of Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat, which add further improvements in meetings and team collaboration, it is now time to say goodbye to Google Talk.

Visualize data instantly in Google Sheets

Visualize data instantly in Google Sheets

June 9, 2017

New features in Sheets that make it even easier for you to visualize and share your data, and find insights you can act on.

 

New Gmail Security Feature

New Gmail Security Feature

June 7, 2017

What is the new Gmail security feature?

Convert text to all CAPS and more in Google Docs

Convert text to all CAPS and more in Google Docs

April 17, 2017

You can now quickly convert text to CAPS or lowercase in Google Docs.

 

Google Keep Now Fully Supported

Google Keep Now Fully Supported

March 27, 2017

Google Keep is now a G Suite core service!

Google will retire some Labs, Google+ features and an older Google Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office

Google will retire some Labs, Google+ features and an older Google Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office

March 27, 2017

Google announcing the retirement of some of the available labs in Gmail along with removing some features of Google+ and the new version of the Google Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office.

What's New In Hangouts and Sheets

What's New In Hangouts and Sheets

March 10, 2017

Redesigned unread messages indicators in Hangouts

Google Sheets Supports rotated text, accounting number formats, more Border styles, and Insert and delete groups of cells.

What's new in Google docs

What's new in Google docs

March 2, 2017

Three new features in Google Doc that are now available to all users.

Creating files from templates now easier in Google Drive

Insert videos from Google Drive in Google Slides

New features for Google Docs and Sheets mobile apps

Insert and delete groups of cells in Google Sheets

Insert and delete groups of cells in Google Sheets

February 8, 2017

Google is making it easier to insert cells into sheets without disturbing that content. You can add a rectangular block of cells to any spreadsheet on the web, and it will shift the surrounding cells down or to the right.

 

Streamlining group chat creation in Google Hangouts on the web

Streamlining group chat creation in Google Hangouts on the web

February 8, 2017

Streamlining group chat creation in Google Hangouts on the web

New Sites

New Sites

December 21, 2016

Google makes the new version of Sites available to G Suite customers.

New custom templates in Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms and new features on mobile apps

New custom templates in Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms and new features on mobile apps

December 2, 2016

Submit files to shared template galleries in the Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms home screens for your co-workers to adapt and use as needed. Check out the following new features in the latest versions of the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides mobile apps:

Google's 5 new time-saving features

Google's 5 new time-saving features

November 11, 2016

Google's 5 new time-saving features

Gmail and Google Calendar get a whole lot better on iOS

Gmail and Google Calendar get a whole lot better on iOS

November 8, 2016

The new Gmail app for iOS

Introducing G Suite

Introducing G Suite

November 1, 2016

Google is introducing a new name for Google apps, one that better reflects its mission: G Suite.

 

Page numbers now in table of contents in Google Docs

Page numbers now in table of contents in Google Docs

October 18, 2016

Page numbers now in table of contents in Google Docs

A new Google Hangouts Chrome extension experience

A new Google Hangouts Chrome extension experience

October 17, 2016

As a reminder, the new Google Hangouts Chrome extension will become the default experience on October 17, 2016.

Google explore in Docs, Sheets and Slides

Google explore in Docs, Sheets and Slides

October 13, 2016

Explore uses Google smarts to help you create amazing presentations, spreadsheets and documents in a fraction of the time they used to take…so you can get on with what’s most important in your life. It’s like having a researcher, analyst and designer by your side.

Improving the deduplication flow when uploading to Google Drive

Improving the deduplication flow when uploading to Google Drive

September 29, 2016

A common use case for Google Drive users is to download a file from their Drive to modify it locally, and then to re-upload the new version. In the past, this would result in duplicate files (the original and the new one), and users would have trouble finding the latest version. Google is introducing a change in Drive to help prevent deduplicate files when uploaded in the Chrome browser. 

Add the new VCU Google Academic Calendar to your Google Calendar

Add the new VCU Google Academic Calendar to your Google Calendar

September 12, 2016

There's a new VCU Google Academic Calendar.  The new calendar features automatic updates with the University's Academic Calendar.  The previous VCU Google Academic Calendar has been decommissioned.  The new calendar can be added using the steps located here.

Introducing Casting into Hangouts

Introducing Casting into Hangouts

September 1, 2016

Google introduces a new integration between Google Chrome and Google Hangouts that makes screen sharing from your Chrome browser to a Google Hangout easier than ever before. With this launch, signed-in Chrome users on Chrome 52 or higher will be able to use the “Cast…” menu item from Chrome to share the contents of a browser tab or their entire desktop into a Hangout. Hangouts that are scheduled on the user’s Google Calendar are shown automatically, but they can also be joined manually using the “Search” text box.  Here is a link for more information on the "Cast" menu in the browser: https://goo.gl/Tx022Q

New in Google Forms, add images to questions and answers in Google Forms!

New in Google Forms, add images to questions and answers in Google Forms!

August 19, 2016

Now you can insert images into survey questions or add images as multiple choice or checkbox options in Forms on the web. Here is a link to more information on editing a form: https://goo.gl/95rNiX  

Notifying Android users of security events

Notifying Android users of security events

August 18, 2016

Google releases a new feature that notifies Android users of security events on their account: Android notifications for newly added devices. Visit this link to learn more about the new features: https://goo.gl/Apv9t3 

Inbox Tabs and Category Labels Replace Marketing Tag

Inbox Tabs and Category Labels Replace Marketing Tag

August 4, 2016

The Technology Advisory Committee has approved the removal of the Marketing tag which has been added to incoming mail deemed "graymail" by the Cisco Cloud Email Security Appliance.  Google users may easily use inbox tabs and category labels to organize their email.  Mail formerly tagged Marketing will most likely arrive in the Promotions tab or the Spam label.

Please view this short video, https://goo.gl/BKMGzj or this document https://goo.gl/aX9MHZ for assistance with these settings.

Better group chat controls in Google Hangouts

Better group chat controls in Google Hangouts

July 29, 2016

Google has announced that in the coming weeks several features are coming to Google Hangouts to make it more easy and useful to use group chats. 

https://goo.gl/eKZ3T9 

Google Calendar Reminders

Google Calendar Reminders

May 12, 2016

Last year, Google launched Reminders in the Google Calendar app for iOS and Android. Reminders are coming to Google Calendar on the web.

https://goo.gl/vT9Hb4 

Google Drive Sync Support Changes

Google Drive Sync Support Changes

May 9, 2016

Google announced that as of July 1, 2016, they will discontinue support for Drive for Mac/PC sync client versions 1.22 and lower and going forward, any Google Drive for Mac/PC versions which are older than 1 year old.

To learn more: https://goo.gl/ju3eQ5 

Google Calendar for Android: Find a time for my meeting

Google Calendar for Android: Find a time for my meeting

May 9, 2016

Now you can schedule meetings from anywhere with "Find a time" in Google Calendar for Android.

https://goo.gl/RvjaNK

Goals in Google Calendar on Android and iPhone

Goals in Google Calendar on Android and iPhone

April 25, 2016

Google is introducing a new feature called Goals for Google Calendar on Android and iPhone to help users find time for activities and then add the timeslots to their calendar.

https://goo.gl/fMDZVD 

Set Expiration Date on Shared Files

Set Expiration Date on Shared Files

April 25, 2016

Google is introducing the ability to set an “expiration date” for specific user access to files in Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

https://goo.gl/jFmUAi 

Export Google Docs as EPUB publications

Export Google Docs as EPUB publications

April 25, 2016

EPUB is the most widely supported file format for publishing accessible documents and digital books, allowing people to consume long-form content in their preferred apps on a diverse range of screen sizes and devices, including smartphones, tablets, and eReaders. To make it easier for authors, publishers, and academic institutions to create works that can be consumed digitally, today we’re launching the ability to export Google Docs files as EPUB publications.

https://goo.gl/bkRWdL

Google Forms security and student access

Google Forms security and student access

February 3, 2016

If a student accesses their myVCUmail account before going to a form that was created in the faculty/staff domain and requires authentication, they are able to access the form and submit without any errors.

Folder sharing setting in Drive

Folder sharing setting in Drive

February 3, 2016

Google will be adding a new “people icon” to shared folders, which simplifies seeing who you’ve shared a folder with and whether they have View, Edit, or Comment permissions. 

https://goo.gl/BkossG

Two new security features for Gmail

Two new security features for Gmail

February 3, 2016

On February 9th, Google announced two new security features that they would be rolling out to Google Apps Customer. https://goo.gl/uyreWY

VCU Academic Calendar

VCU Academic Calendar

February 4, 2016

A copy of the current VCU Academic Calendar is now viewable from your Google Calendar.