Google Apps for Education

Chapter 2: Getting Around Google Apps

Table of Contents

Sign in to Google Apps services

Overview

URLs to all Google Apps services

Desktop shortcuts to Google Apps services

Access the control panel as an administrator

Sign in to Google Apps services

Overview

You can access all the Google Apps products – Mail, Calendar, Docs, Sites, Video – from any of the product pages.

In the top left corner of any product, you will see a list of links that will take you directly to the product for your school.

URLs to all Google Apps services

In addition to the links at the top left of any Google Apps page, you can also access each of the products through a custom URL for your school, where you replace 'yourschool.org' with the name of your Google Apps school domain.

Your school Administrator may have created special URLs to access the application.  Check with him or her to find out the urls for these special links.

Desktop shortcuts to Google Apps services

You can also save desktop shortcuts to some of Google Apps products when you turn on the "Offline" function within Mail, Calendar, and Docs and use the Google Chrome web browser. If you click on these Apps icons while you are connected to the Internet, they will open the online version of the application. When you are not connected, you will have view access to your synced mail, calendar, and Docs.

Learn more about offline Gmail, Docs, and Calendar.

Access the control panel as an administrator

When you sign-up for Google Apps for Education, you are asked to create an administrator account. With the administrator account, you can reach your control panel to activate services and adjust other settings for your school domain.

The control panel URL for all administrators is:

https://www.google.com/a/yourschool.org (Replace 'yourschool.org' with your actual domain name)

If you're unable to log in to your control panel, visit the Can't Access Control Panel troubleshooter.

Please note: You must complete the ownership verification process before you can activate services.