Sign in

Welcome to Google Apps! Start by signing in to your account.

  1. Go to www.google.com and in the top-right corner, click Sign in.

  2. Enter your Google Apps email address (example: joe@company.com) and password.

  3. Click          Sign in         .

Now that you’re in your Google Apps account, here are a few key features that work the same way across several products:

Feature Description
user avatar In the top-right corner of any Google page (such as Search or Gmail), click to see which account you’re in.
Click to move between products.
settings Click to change product settings.
search Click to search for content specific to the product.
arrow   more actions   more options Click to see more options.
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  Gmail: Send professional emails

mail.google.com

Top 4 things you should know
  • 1. Send and respond to emails.
    • Send an email: Click COMPOSE, type your recipients and message, and click Send.
    • Respond to an email: Click any message to open it. In the box at the bottom, type your message and click Send.
    Send and respond to emails
  • 2. Delete or archive emails you no longer need.
    • Select one or more messages: Check the boxes next to them.

    • Delete a message: Click Delete trash.

    • Archive a message: Click Archive archive. Archiving moves the message out of your inbox, but you can easily find it later with Search.

    Delete or archive emails
  • 3. Find your messages.
    • In the search box, type what you’re looking for and click Search .
    • Looking for something specific? Click the Down arrow arrow for more options.
    Find your messages
  • 4. Organize your inbox with labels, which are similar to folders.
    1. Select one or more messages by checking the boxes next to them.
    2. Click Labels label, then click Create new.
    3. Name your label and click Create.
    4. Once you’ve created labels, you can add one or more labels to messages by clicking Labels label, checking the labels you want, and clicking Apply.
    Organize your inbox
5 ways Gmail improves the way you work
  1. Read and draft emails when you don’t have an Internet connection.
  2. Change your mind about an email you already sent? Just undo send.
  3. Automatically sort incoming emails.
  4. Save pre-written replies to common messages for future use.
  5. Run common Gmail searches with a single click.

If any of these benefits interest you, check out Get started with Gmail after you’re done with this Quick Start Guide.

  Calendar: Online calendars designed for teams

calendar.google.com

Top 3 things you should know
  • 1. Schedule an event.
    1. Click CREATE.

    2. Add your event details and guests' email addresses.

    3. Click Find a time to check your guests' availability. Their calendars layer in a single view, and open spots are meeting spots that everyone can attend.

    4. Click SAVE.

    Schedule an event
  • 2. Respond to invitation in Gmail and Calendar.
    • Respond to invites in Calendar: Click the event and click your response.
    • Respond to invites in Gmail: Open the notification email and click your response in the message.
    Respond to invitation
  • 3. Modify an event.
    1. Click an existing event on your calendar.

    2. Click Edit event (if you’re the only guest) or More details (if the event has multiple guests) to change any details.

    3. Click SAVE.

      Modify an event
5 ways Calendar improves the way you work
  1. See your schedule and respond to events when you don’t have an Internet connection.
  2. Add attachments to your events.
  3. Notify all your guests with reminders or updates in a single click.
  4. Keep track of several timezones in one calendar.
  5. Create a team calendar that anyone can update.

If any of these benefits interest you, check out Get started with Calendar after you’re done with this Quick Start Guide.

  Drive: Online file storage

drive.google.com

Top 4 things you should know
5 ways Drive improves the way you work
  1. Access stored files anywhere, from any device—even if you don’t have an Internet connection.
  2. Keep all of your team’s documents in one place with a shared team folder.
  3. Preview different file types, even if you don’t have the software installed on your computer.
  4. Scan documents and images as PDFs with your phone.
  5. Keep all your drafts in a single file; you can revert to an earlier version any time.

If any of these benefits interest you, check out Get started with Drive after you’re done with this Quick Start Guide.

  Docs editors: Create and collaborate on documents in your browser

 

Editor

Where

Description

Example uses

Editor

Docs icon Google Docs

Description

Text documents

Example uses

Proposals, reports, shared meeting notes

Editor

Sheets icon Google Sheets

Description

Spreadsheets

Example uses

Project plans, budget sheets

Editor

Slides icon Google Slides

Description

Presentations

Example uses

Pitch decks, training modules, team presentations

Editor

Forms icon Google Forms

Description

Surveys

Example uses

Customer satisfaction surveys, group polls

Editor

Drawings icon Google Drawings

Description

Shapes, charts, and diagrams

Example uses

Flowcharts, organizational charts, website wireframes, mind maps

Top 3 things you should know
5 ways Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms improve the way you work
  1. Edit Microsoft® Office® documents without installing Office.
  2. Access and edit files from any device—even if you don't have an Internet connection.
  3. Send links to PDF versions of your documents and spreadsheets without converting any files.
  4. Collaborate on meeting notes and project plans during video calls.
  5. Attach agendas, discussion files, and other relevant materials to Calendar events.

If any of these benefits interest you, check out Get started with Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms after you’re done with this Quick Start Guide.

  Hangouts: Send chat messages and make video calls to multiple people worldwide.

hangouts.google.com

Top 3 things you should know
  • 1. Start a chat or video call in Gmail.
    1. In your Gmail inbox, on the side of the page, go to the Hangouts list.

    2. If you see the name of someone you want to reach, hover over the name and click Hangout with this contact to send a chat message, or click Start a video call .

    3. If the person you’re trying to reach isn’t on the list, or if you want to contact several people at once: Click Search and type people’s names, check the boxes next to people you want to reach, and click Message or Video.

    Start a chat or video call
  • 2. Invite more people to a video call.
    1. In the video call, click Invite people .
    2. Type the email addresses of people you want to add, and click Invite.
    Invite more people
  • 3. End a video call.

    In the video call, click Leave call .

    End a video call
5 ways Hangouts improves the way you work
  1. Hold impromptu meetings on the go.
  2. Conduct remote interviews and virtual training classes around the world.
  3. Collaborate on meeting notes during a video call.
  4. Give presentations over video calls to a remote audiences.
  5. Get immediate responses with Hangouts chat messages.

If any of these benefits interest you, check out Get started with Hangouts after you’re done with this Quick Start Guide.

Power up your Apps

Install Chrome

If your organization doesn’t require you to use a certain browser, you can download the Chrome browser to make Google Apps even more powerful:

  • Use Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides without the Internet.
  • Access additional Google Apps features.
  • Sync bookmarks and searches across devices.
  • Customize your browser with themes, extensions, and web apps.

If any of these benefits interest you, check out Get started with Chrome after you’re done with this Quick Start Guide.

Install Chrome
Set up your mobile device

You can also use any smartphone to access Gmail, Calendar, Drive, and several other Google Apps. Just add your Google Apps account to your phone, and you’ll have the freedom to work anywhere, from any device.

Which mobile device do you have?

Next steps

Congratulations! Now you’re ready to begin using Google Apps—but if you have more time, there are many ways you can collaborate better and work faster with each of these tools.

Communicate and store

Collaborate