Using Google Apps, Enhanced Edition [NOOK Book]


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Google Apps is a service providing independently, customizable versions of several Google products under a common domain name, featuring free applications such as Docs, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Calendar, Gmail, Talk, Chrome, Dashboard, and more! Google offers a stunning array of free applications for doing everything from handling your email to managing your calendar, to ...

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*** This USING Google Apps book is enhanced with nearly 2 hours of FREE step-by-step VIDEO TUTORIALS and AUDIO SIDEBARS! ***

Google Apps is a service providing independently, customizable versions of several Google products under a common domain name, featuring free applications such as Docs, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Calendar, Gmail, Talk, Chrome, Dashboard, and more! Google offers a stunning array of free applications for doing everything from handling your email to managing your calendar, to serving as a word processor and even as a spreadsheet program.

USING Google Apps is a media-rich learning experience designed to help new users master Google Apps quickly, and get the most out of it, fast! EVERY chapter has multiple video and audio files integrated into the learning material which creates interactive content that works together to teach everything mainstream Google Apps users need to know.

You’ll Learn How to:

- Manage all Your Documents and Applications Through a Single Web Page

- Exchange Documents with Microsoft Office Users

- Create, Edit, Format, and Share Documents with Google Docs

- Collaborate Online, Share Calendars, and Organize Events

- Build Powerful Spreadsheets with Functions, Charts, Forms, and Gadgets

- Deliver In-Person or Internet-Based Presentations

- Make the Most of the Speedy, Efficient Google Chrome Web Browser

- Use Gmail and Google Talk to Communicate More Effectively, and Save Money

- Work with Google Apps Even if You’re Disconnected from the Internet

- Save Money by Using Google Apps in Your Business

Examples of Topics Covered in VIDEO TUTORIALS, which Walk You Through Tasks You’ve Just Got to See!

- Use Google Calendar to Manage Events and Tasks that Everyone in Your Family and Business Can See

- Collaborate on One Document Using Google Doc's Group Editing Features

- Master Formula and Functions in Google Spreadsheets

Examples of Topics Covered in AUDIO SIDEBARS, which Deliver Insights Straight From the Experts!

- Learn How Google Docs Compares to Microsoft Office

- Learn the Pros and Cons of Web-based Email (Gmail) vs. Traditional POP Email (e.g. Outlook)

- How does Google Chrome Stack up Against Industry Bully, Internet Explorer?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132965989
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 10/21/2011
  • Series: Using
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • File size: 110 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet the Author

Michael Miller has written more than 100 nonfiction how-to books over the past 20 years, with more than 1 million copies published worldwide. His books include Que's Googlepedia: The Ultimate Google Resource, Using Google AdSense and AdWords, Using Blogger, Using Google Maps, Using Google Search, YouTube for Business, and The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics. He also authored Sams Teach Yourself YouTube in 10 Minutes and Sams Teach Yourself Google Analytics in 10 Minutes.

Michael has established a reputation for clearly explaining technical topics to non-technical readers and for offering useful real-world advice about complicated topics. More information can be found on his website:

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Table of Contents


1 Understanding Google Apps and Web-Based Applications

Introducing Google Apps

Computing in the Cloud

Google’s Cloud

Benefits of Web-Based Applications

Privacy and Security Concerns

Understanding Different Versions of Google Apps

Generic Google Apps

Google Apps for Education

Google Apps for Business

Should You Use Google Apps?



2 Using the Google Docs Dashboard

Navigating the Google Docs Dashboard

Filtering the Display

Filtering by Type

Sorting Files

Searching for Files

Managing Files

Opening a File

Working with Folders

Using Starred Items

Hiding Files

Viewing File Details

Viewing Revisions

Importing Other Types of Files

Configuring Google Docs Settings

3 Using Google Docs

Getting to Know Google Docs

Creating and Saving New Documents

Creating a New Blank Document

Creating a New Document from a Template

Saving a Document

Importing and Exporting Documents in Other Formats

Importing Documents

Exporting Documents

Changing Page Layout

Entering and Editing Text

Entering Text

Editing Text

Formatting Text

Boldfacing and Italicizing Text

Formatting Paragraphs

Indenting a Paragraph

Changing Paragraph Alignment

Changing Line Spacing

Creating Bulleted and Numbered Lists

Working with Images

Inserting an Image

Positioning an Image

Inserting a Drawing

Inserting Web Links and Bookmarks

Inserting Web links

Inserting Bookmarks

Inserting Comments and Footnotes

Inserting Comments

Inserting Footnotes

Inserting Equations and Special Characters

Creating a Table

Using Tabs

Adding Headers and Footers

Working with Tables of Contents

Preparing for the Table of Contents

Inserting the Table of Contents

Proofing Your Document

Checking Spelling

Using the Dictionary

Calculating Word Count

Printing Your Document

4 Using Google Spreadsheets

Understanding Google Spreadsheets

Navigating the Google Spreadsheets Workspace

Working with Multiple Sheets

Creating and Saving a New Spreadsheet

Creating a New Blank Spreadsheet

Creating a New Spreadsheet from a Template

Saving a Spreadsheet

Importing and Exporting Documents in Other Formats

Importing Documents

Exporting Spreadsheets

Entering and Editing Data

Working with Rows and Columns

Formatting Text and Numbers

Formatting Font, Size, and Color

Aligning Text in a Cell

Formatting Cells

Changing Number Formats

Sorting Data

Working with Ranges

Working with Formulas and Functions

Using Formulas

Using Functions

Charting Your Data

Working with Forms

Creating a Form

Collecting Responses

Completing a Form

Analyzing Responses

Working with Gadgets

Working with Scripts

Printing Your Spreadsheet

5 Using Google Presentations

Getting to Know Google Presentations

Creating and Saving New Presentations

Creating a New Presentation

Creating a New Presentation from a Template

Saving a Presentation

Importing and Exporting Presentations in Other Formats

Importing a PowerPoint Presentation

Exporting a Google Presentation to PowerPoint Format

Creating, Deleting, and Organizing Slides

Adding a New Slide

Duplicating an Existing Slide

Importing Slides from Other Presentations

Deleting a Slide

Rearranging Slides

Changing the Look and Feel of a Presentation

Choosing a New Theme

Adding Custom Background Colors and Graphics

Entering and Formatting Text

Adding a Slide Title

Adding a Text Block

Adding Bulleted or Numbered Lists

Editing Text

Formatting Text

Inserting Images and Other Objects

Adding an Image

Adding a Video

Adding a Chart

Adding a Table

Animating Elements in a Presentation

Printing Handouts and Speaker Notes

Printing Slide Handouts

Creating Speaker Notes

Giving a Live Presentation

Presenting Your Presentation in Person

Giving an Online Presentation

6 Collaborating with Google Docs

Why Online Collaboration Makes Sense

Letting Others View Your Files

Enabling Group Editing

Getting Notified of Changes

Emailing Your Collaborators

Making Your Document Public

Publishing Your File to the Web

7 Using Google Calendar

Getting to Know Google Calendar

Creating a New Calendar

Setting Up a Basic Calendar

Setting Up Multiple Calendars

Importing Other Calendars

Viewing Your Calendars

Using Different Views

Viewing Multiple Calendars

Viewing Your Calendar from Other Calendar Applications

Adding New Events

Adding a New Event to Your Calendar

Adding an Event from Gmail

Synching Events with Microsoft Outlook

Receiving Event Notifications on Your Mobile Phone

Inviting Others to an Event

Sharing a Public Calendar

Creating a Public Calendar

Sharing Your Calendar with Specific People

Receiving Event Notifications

Creating a To-Do List

Displaying Tasks

Adding a New Task

Marking a Task as Completed

Managing Your To-Do List

Customizing Google Calendar

8 Using Gmail

What Makes Gmail Unique

We Don’t Need No Stinking Folders...

Signing Up for a Gmail Account

Getting to Know Gmail

Reading and Replying to Email

Reading Messages

Viewing Conversations

Replying to Messages

Forwarding Messages

Creating New Email Messages

Composing and Sending New Messages

Adding a Signature to Your Messages

Sending and Receiving Email Attachments

Attaching Files to Outgoing Messages

Opening or Viewing Attached Files

Searching Your Inbox

Basic Search

Searching with Search Options

Searching with Advanced Operators

Other Ways of Organizing Your Email Messages

Starring Important Messages

Marking Messages as Important

Applying Labels

Viewing Labels

Archiving Old Messages

Deleting Messages

Filtering Incoming Mail

Protecting Against Spam and Viruses

Blocking Spam Messages

Scanning Your Attachments for Viruses

Managing Your Contacts

Adding a New Contact

Importing Contacts from Another Program

Displaying Contacts

Deleting Contacts

Searching for Contacts

Creating a Contact Group

Sending a Message to a Contact or Contact Group

Using Gmail to Manage Your Tasks List

Using Gmail with Other Email Programs and Accounts

Retrieving Email from Other Accounts

Reading Gmail in Another Email Program

Forwarding Gmail to Another Account

Using Gmail Offline

Downloading and Installing Gmail Offline Mode

Using Gmail Offline Mail

Putting Gmail into Vacation Mode

Customizing Gmail

Personalizing the Priority Inbox

Changing Gmail’s Look and Feel

Configuring Other Gmail Options

9 Using Google Talk

Getting to Know Google Talk

Chatting with Google Talk

Signing into Google Talk

Navigating the Google Talk Client

Chatting in Real Time

Answering a Chat Request

Sending Files

Saving Your Chat History

Initiating a Voice Chat

Changing Your Status and Signing Out

Managing Your Contacts List

Inviting New Contacts

Removing a Contact

Blocking Other Users

Configuring Google Talk

Using Google Talk in Gmail

Chatting from Gmail

Connecting with the AIM Network

Conducting a Video Chat

10 Using the Google Chrome Web Browser

Understanding Google Chrome

Getting to Know Chrome

Why Chrome?

Installing and Configuring Google Chrome

Importing Settings and Bookmarks

Configuring Chrome Settings

Browsing the Web with Chrome

Using the Address Bar

Using Tabs

Changing the Viewing Size

Downloading Files from the Web

Setting Your Home Page

Saving a Page

Printing a Page

Adding and Managing Bookmarks

Viewing Your Browsing History

Syncing Bookmarks and Settings

Searching the Web with Google Chrome

Working with Forms and Other Information

Surfing Anonymously with Incognito Mode

Personalizing Chrome with Themes

Protecting Against Phishing and Malware

Running Web-Based Applications with Chrome

Extending Google Chrome

11 Using Google Apps Offline with Google Gears

Understanding Google Gears

How Google Gears Works

Installing Google Gears

Using Google Gears

12 Managing Google Apps in the Enterprise

Understanding Google Apps for Business

Reviewing Different Editions

Why Use Google Apps Premier Edition?

Signing Up and Setting Up Google Apps Premier Edition

Examining Google Apps’ Other Apps

Getting to Know Google Groups

Getting to Know Google Sites

Getting to Know Google Video for Business

Is Google Apps Right for Your Organization?

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