Synopses & Reviews
Among its many amazing applications, Google now has web-based alternatives to many of the applications in Microsoft Office. This comprehensive and easy-to-follow new book enables you to explore Google's new office applications in detail. Once you do, you'll be in good company -- more than 100,000 small businesses and some corporations are already looking to take advantage of these free Google offerings.
Google Apps: The Missing Manual teaches you how to use three relatively new applications from Google: "Docs and Spreadsheets", which provide many of the same core tools that you find in Word and Excel; and Google Calendar and Gmail, the applications that offer an alternative to Outlook. This book demonstrates how these applications together can ease your ability to collaborate with others, and allow you access to your documents, mail and appointments from any computer at any location.
Of course, as remarkable as these applications are, Google's office suite is definitely a work-in-progress. Navigating what you can and can't do and -- more importantly -- understanding how to do it isn't always easy. And good luck finding enough help online. Google Apps: The Missing Manual is the one book you need to get the most out of this increasingly useful part of the Google empire. This book:
- Explains how to create, save and share each of Google's web-based office applications
- Offers separate sections for Docs and Spreadsheets, Google Calendar, and Gmail
- Demonstrates how to use these applications in conjunction with one another
- Gives you crystal-clear and jargon-free explanations that will satisfy users of all technical levels
Many of you already use Gmail, but do you know its full potential? Do you know how you can increase its power by using Gmail with Doc and Spreadsheets and Google Calendar? You'll find out with Google Apps: The Missing Manual
. You'll also come to understand why large corporations such as General Electric and Proctor & Gamble are taking a long, hard look at these applications.
This comprehensive and easy-to-follow resource enables readers to explore Googles new office applications in detail. In clear, jargon-free language, this text explains how to create, save, and share each of Googles Web-based office applications.
About the Author
Nancy Conner is an award-winning writer and freelance editor who specializes in tech topics. She has a PhD in English from Brown University and has taught writing, including technical writing, to college students for more than a dozen years. She is currently a freelance copyeditor, specializing in technical books covering topics ranging from the MS Office suite to programming languages to advanced network security. Nancy joined eBay in 1998 to hunt for additions to her collection of medieval jewelry and immediately became an enthusiastic eBayer. During her years on eBay, she s learned about the eBay culture and community--how to find bargains, make money, avoid scams, and have fun.
Table of Contents
The Missing Credits; About the Author; About the Creative Team; Acknowledgments; The Missing Manual Series; Introduction; Welcome to the World of Web-based Applications; What You Get with Google Apps; Google Apps and Your Business; What You Need to Get Started; About this Book; The Very Basics; Docs: Google's Productivity Suite; Chapter 1: Getting Started with Google Apps; 1.1 Signing Up for a Google Account; 1.2 You're All Signed Up--Now What?; 1.3 Managing Your Google Account; 1.4 The Google Toolbar; Chapter 2: Word Processing with Google Docs; 2.1 Before You Start: Browser Requirements; 2.2 Welcome to Google Docs: A Quick Tour; 2.3 Customize Your Setup with Google Docs Settings; 2.4 Getting Your Docs into Google; 2.5 Ready, Set, Write: Working with Documents; 2.6 Editing Documents Offline; 2.7 Sharing and Collaborating on Documents; 2.8 Organizing and Finding Documents; Chapter 3: Working with Docs Spreadsheets; 3.1 Getting Started with Google Docs Spreadsheets; 3.2 Creating a Spreadsheet; 3.3 Formatting a Spreadsheet; 3.4 Adding and Deleting Rows and Columns; 3.5 Working with Multiple Sheets; 3.6 Adjusting Cell Sizes; 3.7 Timesaving Data Entry Tricks; 3.8 Checking Your Spelling; 3.9 Inserting Images; 3.10 Sorting Data; 3.11 Formulas and Functions; 3.12 Labeling Cells and Columns with Range Names; 3.13 Working with Charts; 3.14 Displaying Data with Gadgets; 3.15 Printing a Spreadsheet; 3.16 Deleting a Spreadsheet; 3.17 Sharing and Collaborating on Spreadsheets; 3.18 Turn Back Time: Your Spreadsheet's Revision History; Chapter 4: Creating Slideshow Presentations; 4.1 Getting Started with Google Docs Presentations; 4.2 Creating a Presentation; 4.3 Editing a Presentation; 4.4 Previewing a Presentation; 4.5 Printing a Presentation; 4.6 Deleting a Presentation; 4.7 Sharing and Collaborating on Presentations; 4.8 Turn Back Time: Your Presentation's Revision History; Communicating and Scheduling; Chapter 5: Gmail: Email Google-Style; 5.1 Welcome to Gmail: A Quick Tour; 5.2 Reading and Filtering Email; 5.3 Writing and Sending Email; 5.4 Organizing and Searching Your Email; 5.5 Dealing with Spam; 5.6 Contacts: Your Gmail Address Book; 5.7 Customizing Gmail: Your Settings Options; Chapter 6: Keeping in Touch with Google Talk; 6.1 Getting Started with Google Talk; 6.2 Launching Google Talk Manually; 6.3 Working with Your Friends List; 6.4 Sending and Receiving Messages; 6.5 Transferring Files; 6.6 Inviting Web Site Visitors to Chat with You; 6.7 Signing Out of Google Talk; 6.8 The Google Talk Gadget: Taking Talk with You; 6.9 Google Talk and Gmail; 6.10 Making Free Voice Calls over the Internet; Chapter 7: Tracking Schedules with Google Calendar; 7.1 Getting Started with Google Calendar; 7.2 Creating a Calendar; 7.3 Working with Calendars; 7.4 Using Google Calendar with Other Calendar Programs; 7.5 Google Calendar on the Go; 7.6 Calendar Tricks for Google Apps Users; Creating Web Pages; Chapter 8: iGoogle: Google Your Way; 8.1 Creating an iGoogle Page; 8.2 Customizing iGoogle; 8.3 Customizing, Sharing, and Creating Gadgets; 8.4 Organizing iGoogle Pages with Tabs; 8.5 Making iGoogle Your Home Page; 8.6 iGoogle and Google Applications; Chapter 9: One-Click Web Design with Page Creator; 9.1 Big Changes Brewing at Google; 9.2 Creating Your First Web Page; 9.3 Site Manager; 9.4 Editing and Designing Web Pages; 9.5 Publishing a Web Page; 9.6 Creating Multiple Web Sites; Google Apps for Organizations; Chapter 10: Putting Google Apps to Work; 10.1 Signing Up for Google Apps; 10.2 Signing In and Learning Your Way Around; 10.3 Customizing Your Domain; 10.4 Adding Users; 10.5 Getting Started with Email; 10.6 Adding Domain Aliases; 10.7 Getting Support; Chapter 11: Administering Google Apps; 11.1 Managing Users; 11.2 Managing Apps; 11.3 Managing Your Domain; Chapter 12: Bring Your Team Together with Google Sites; 12.1 Signing In and Creating a Site; 12.2 Adding Content to Your Pages; 12.3 Moving a Page Within the Site; 12.4 Change Notifications: Finding Out What's New; 12.5 Printing a Page; 12.6 Adjusting a Page's Settings; 12.7 Deleting a Page; 12.8 Customizing Your Site; 12.9 Managing Your Sites; Chapter 13: Beefing Up Google Apps; 13.1 The Google Solutions Marketplace; 13.2 Google Apps APIs; Appendix; Keyboard Shortcuts; Google Docs; Gmail; Google Talk; Google Calendar;