Saturday, 4 January 2014

10 great Google Apps tips

Google grabbed a lot of headlines this year, from its advancements in Google Glass to Android news to the company's mysterious barge in the San Francisco Bay. But the search giant also pushed out updates to its cloud tools, Google Apps.

More than 5 million businesses and 50 million people now use Google Apps, which launched in 2006 and includes Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides. This year, Google announced a major redesign of Gmail that included customizable tabs to make it easier to organize emails; it revamped the Google Drive menu; and it launched a new interface for Google Groups. Google released a number of other new productivity features and tools, from Google Wallet integrations to tweaks that make composing emails, managing your calendar, and sending files easier.

Google has made so many improvements you might not be aware of some of them. Whether you've been using Google Apps for a while and want to learn about the changes, or you're a new user still finding your way around, check out our 10 tips for making the best of Google's cloud applications.

Use Google Keep reminders

Transfer money from Google Wallet using Gmail

Mute email conversations

Add events to your calendar from Gmail

Use Google Drive to send large files

Respond to emails without opening them

Enable SMS appointment reminders

Export Gmail and Calendar data

Share docs with non-Google users

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