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Google Mail, Calendar and Drive

Manage all your email communication, scheduling and file storage needs with Google Mail, Calendar and Drive.   Our Google G-Suite for Education service combines the features of all these apps to create quick and convenient ways to manage your time and academic work.

Google Mail (Gmail) is Mount Holyoke College’s official email app and offers a full range of email features, including organizing emails with multiple labels, creating filters for automatic email handling, creating individual contact groups and flagging emails in a variety of ways for follow-up. Our Google G-Suite for Education service provides you with an email address with Google’s many useful features. We recommend you take the time to familiarize yourself with Google Mail’s useful features by reviewing the Google Mail Help Center.

Google Calendar allows you to manage your own schedule and to create new calendars for special projects or groups and share them with others. You can generate email invites to meetings, create recurring meetings, reserve rooms and resources and add notes or links to your meeting invites. For an overview of Google Calendar’s features, please visit the Google Calendar Help Center.

Google Drive is the primary file storage space for the MHC community. Google Drive offers unlimited storage space for your files in the Google Cloud. Google Drive also allows you to share files, work on files simultaneously with others, revert to earlier versions of a file and access your files from any internet-connected computer or device. You can use Google Drive as your primary storage location or back up files there from other locations for safekeeping. Files can be created and stored in Google’s native file formats, such as Docs, Sheets and Slides, or in other formats, such as Microsoft docx or xlsx files or PDFs. You can learn more about Google Drive by reviewing the Google Drive Help Center.

Google two-step authentication, also called 2-step, two factor, and multi-factor authentication, is an important tool for keeping your Google account secure. You can choose from several options as the second step you’ll use in additional to entering your password: receive and enter a texted code, insert a USB device, or enter a code from a list you have pre-printed.

Want to learn more?

Keep your eye out for periodic in-person trainings on Google apps offered by LITS during the academic year, including peer-to-peer trainings for students and group trainings for faculty and staff.

To learn on your own schedule, try Google Apps for Students  (via MHC’s subscription to LinkedIn Learning).