Learning Center

The Google Apps for Harvard Learning Center provides links to online resources so that you can get yourself up and running as quickly as possible. In addition to the learning center, you may find many of your questions answered by reading our FAQs. In the meantime, use the links below to access information regarding:

Training Information

The best way to learn how to use Google Apps for Harvard is try the experimenting with the applications yourself. If you haven't done so already, get yourself started by signing up for a Google Apps for Harvard account. Then return here and try out the following resources. Note that although these tutorials are not specific to Harvard, they cover most of the functionality you will find within Google Apps for Harvard. If you have specific questions, try consulting our detailed FAQ.

Google Apps Training Center - Get help using your mail, calendar, documents, and other Google Apps
  • DocsHow to create, edit, and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
  • DriveAccess, organize, and share all your files from any device, anywhere.
  • GmailA guide to Google's powerful email environment.
  • CalendarA guide to getting yourself established with Google's calendaring application.
  • SitesDiscover how to quickly create web sites without knowing HTML.
  • GroupsHow to manage and participate in Google Groups.
  • ChatSend instant messages to other Gmail users with the Google Chat gadget.
  • Contacts: Using Google Contacts at work or school
  • YouTube: YouTube Help Center
  • Chrome Sync: Learn how to sign into Chrome and enable Sync
Harvard + Lynda Google Training Modules - The following training modules are available to all Harvard users via the Lynda training service. Please note that you will need to create a Lynda account prior to leveraging these modules:
  • Gmail Essential Training: Learn the basics of composing, sending, and replying to messages with Gmail, the free email service from Google. Plus, discover how to organize, search, and use shortcuts to work with Gmail more effectively every step of the way.
  • Google Calendar Essential Training: Manage your personal and professional schedules better with Google Calendar. This course shows you how to get started scheduling events, keeping track of your to-dos, and accessing it all on the go. 
  • Google Drive Essential Training: In this course you learn the essentials of creating, formatting, and sharing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and forms with Google Drive. Discover the differences between the Google Docs and the new Google Drive. Then learn how to work with your files—creating, converting, syncing, and deleting—plus tips on organizing and searching Drive. 
  • Google Sites Essential Training: Start building collaborative websites with the Google Apps built-in tool Google Sites. This course covers the best ways to create, edit, and customize a website with the easy-to-implement templates and gadgets in Google Sites. 
  • Google Analytics Essential Training: In Google Analytics Essential Training, Corey Koberg shows how to use the Google web analytics platform to generate and evaluate information about the visitors to a web site, including data on site traffic, user behavior, and marketing effectiveness. This course covers the out-of-the-box functionality, from account creation to reporting fundamentals, and explains how to glean insights from the vast array of data available.

Migrating Data

If you are using another Google account, whether it is personal Google account or a Google account associated with Harvard (such as @mail.harvard.edu), you will probably want to migrate some, if not all, of your data (documents, calendars, email, etc.) into Google Apps for Harvard. Migrating data is mostly a manual endeavor, but the following links below will step you through the process.

Connecting to Gmail via EMail Clients and Mobile Devices

Google Apps for Harvard allows you to connect to your Gmail account through a variety of email clients and mobile devices. For detailed instructions on how to connect to Google Apps for Harvard via the IMAP protocol (recommended), click on the link to your device from the links below: