Virginia Commonwealth University


Title: Google - Gmail Training [Atomic Learning]
Media: Web
Category: Internet/Communications, Orientation/General
Course Description:

VCU continues to move people from Lotus Notes to Google appsforVCU. Gmail is a new kind of Web mail, built on the idea that email can be more intuitive, efficient, and useful. The Atomic Learning tutorial will help you become familiar with features of Gmail and will guide you through its use.

Check out other tutorials on the use of Google Apps as we begin exploring the potential of Google appsforVCU. To stay up-to-date on the transition process, visit

Atomic @ VCU User Guide - If you need assistance using the Atomic Learning Tutorials, review the Atomic @ VCU User Guide. The Help and FAQ webpage may be accessed from this page as well. A VCU eID and password is required to login to Atomic Learning.

Course: Gmail [Full Course]

A. Introduction

B. What`s New?

  1. Introducing the new interface
  2. Introducing the new tabbed inbox
  3. Composing a message
  4. Using the Chat/Hangouts feature
  5. Using the Video/Voice hangout
  6. Creating a custom theme for your inbox

C. Your VCU Account - Getting Started

- Login to Google appsforVCU at (Use your VCU eID and password)

- Atomic Learning provides tutorials on the management of personal Gmail accounts used outside the university.

  1. Signing up for a Gmail account
  2. Logging in and out of your Gmail account
  3. Signing in with multiple Gmail addresses
  4. Creating, editing, and deleting tasks
  5. Adding an e-mail to your task list
  6. Changing your alternate e-mail address
  7. Changing your password
  8. Changing your name on outgoing messages
  9. Changing your Password Recovery options
  10. Changing your settings
  11. Viewing your account activity

*Gmail delegation setup is required to open multiple VCU accounts.

D. Your Messages

  1. Selecting contacts while composing
  2. Formatting a message
  3. Adding a signature
  4. Adding attachments
  5. Sending a message
  6. Replying to messages
  7. Forwarding a message and an entire conversation
  8. Saving drafts
  9. Setting a reply to address
  10. Adding a custom from address
  11. Changing the from address when replying
  12. Hiding addresses when sending to multiple recipients
  13. Using spell check
  14. Formatting hyperlinks in e-mail messages
  15. Forwarding your mail
  16. Fetching your mail messages in other programs
  17. Reading conversations
  18. Marking messages read or unread
  19. Printing messages
  20. Understanding sidebar ad links
  21. Understanding Web Clips
  22. Understanding how Gmail and Google Calendar are integrated
  23. Syncing your Google Calendar with iCal
  24. Removing spam and unmarking spam messages
  25. Creating spam filters
  26. Using View vs. Download
  27. Playing movie/audio file attachments

E. Organizing

  1. Creating filters
  2. Applying the same filter to many senders
  3. Creating, editing and deleting Labels
  4. Applying an action to everything in a label
  5. Choosing what labels you see
  6. Deleting conversations and messages
  7. Deleting sent messages
  8. Recovering deleted messages
  9. Emptying the trash
  10. Archiving mail
  11. Understanding All Mail
  12. Searching Gmail
  13. Using advanced search features
  14. Searching in the spam and trash

F. Contacts

  1. Creating contacts
  2. Editing contacts
  3. Adding and removing a contact group
  4. Adding and removing a contact from a contact group
  5. Understanding default contact groups
  6. Searching for contacts
  7. Importing contacts
  8. Exporting contacts from other mail providers
  9. Exporting Gmail contacts
  10. Sending messages to a contact group
  11. Printing your contacts

G. Chat/Hangout

  1. Starting a Hangout and inviting a person to a Hangout
  2. Understanding and installing Google+?
  3. Sharing photos via Hangout
  4. Deleting, archiving Hangout history and blocking

H. Settings Tab

  1. Understanding the available interface languages
  2. Using keyboard shortcuts
  3. Selecting your Google picture
  4. Setting an automatic vacation response
  5. Enabling IMAP for use with other e-mail clients
  6. Enabling POP for use in other e-mail clients
  7. Working with Snippets

**VCU configuration is available under Gone Google IMAP webpage.

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Use Requirements: VCU eID and password required.
Sponsor: Technology Services