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Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

Get down to business with these online office tools

Create documents and spreadsheets, keep your calendar, use Gmail, and more

There's more than one way to do office stuff. Google Apps are Web-based, low-cost (or free!) office productivity tools that do everything those big guys do, and you can access them from any computer with an Internet connection. This book boosts your "app-titude" with the lowdown on choosing, setting up, and using them for work and play.

Discover how to:

  • Choose among the different editions

  • Register a new domain

  • Use Gmail and Google Talk

  • Create and collaborate on documents

  • Import events into your calendar

  • Build cool presentations

About the Author

Ryan Teeter is an accomplished writer and technology trainer. He has worked closely with business teachers throughout the country and consulted with the National Business Education Association, businesses, and school districts on Google Apps implementation. Ryan spent time working at Google in Mountain View, California, as an External Training Specialist, developing curriculum used for training Fortune 500 companies. When he’s not conducting training workshops or writing, Ryan’s pursuing his passion for teaching as a doctoral student at Rutgers University, where he’s completing a PhD in accounting information systems. (www.ryanteeter.com,www.technonerd.info)

Karl Barksdale was a former Development Manager for the Training and Certification team at WordPerfect Corporation and a Marketing Manager in the Consumer Products division. He was also the External Training Manager for Google’s Online Sales and Operations division. He’s best known for authoring and co-authoring 59 business and computer education textbooks. Albeit, the job he enjoys most is teaching at the Utah County Academy of Sciences, an early college high school on the Utah Valley University campus. (www.karlbarksdale.com)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (April 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470189584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470189580
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By J. Kelly on May 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Full Disclosure first: I was the tech editor for the book.

The authors have done a great job of introducing some of the best tools that Google has made available to the public for FREE. I will admit that I thought there was no way you could pull me away from my Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) but I'm a convert now.

The books covers:

* Gmail - Google's email application and one that I'm 100% switched over to now.
* Documents - the word document application that I'm using right now to collaborate on a writing project with 2 other authors.
* Google Spreadsheets - the spreadsheet application which, no surprise, gives Microsoft Excel a run for its money
* Google Presentations - a slideshow application similar to PowerPoint
* Google Page Creator - a webpage design tool
* Calendar - a full-fledged online calendar that you can share with others or keep private
* More - coverage of Chat, Administering your Google Apps, manipulating files, etc.

For me, I use Google Gmail, Calendar, and Spreadsheets exclusively. I still need Word occasionally, but with the ability to import and export to and from Google Documents, I really haven't had any major issues yet with moving back and forth.

One caveat - Google Apps is CONSTANTLY being updated; the Google Apps team of developers seems to release updates and new features almost weekly or monthly, so use the book as an introduction but don't be surprised if there are undocumented features you come across that aren't covered in the book - probably not the author's fault as they can't predict every new feature.

Recommendation - Try out Gmail and Calendar first... then Documents, Spreadsheets, and Presentations.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ari on June 12, 2008
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I knew nothing about google applications before I read this book and now I learned everything. The book is very well written, detailed and covers all the things you need to know about Google.

The book is a great way to quickly get started with the google applications as opposed to wasting time trying to learn everything by experience.

I highly recommend this book to everyone who is interested in using Google Applications.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter C on August 3, 2013
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I should have looked more carefully before buying. Published in 2008 it is a bit out of date. I was hoping for more information relating to tablets and Android ones in particular.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AR Woods on November 11, 2010
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This is a good starting place for learning about Google Apps.

It explained to me how to set-up a calendar. I previously used Outlook.

So for my situation I'm pleased.

Amazon Shipping /....Excellent as always !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By richard gent on April 8, 2013
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Got me straightened out and lined up on some useful apps. Stuff I never new existed.
Got me on the right path.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Penny on June 8, 2011
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My Dad was interested in learning more about Picasa, Google's free computer ap for photo handling. This book did answer some of his questions, but not all of them. Still, some answers is a lot better than none.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maria C. Dicredico on March 16, 2013
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This book has been incredible in getting me organized. I've been using some of the google apps, but not to their full potential. My secretary looked at it and is ordering her own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald F. Neizer II on April 23, 2014
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Maybe a good overview of what Google Apps is but don't purchase this book as a reference/tutorial if your goal is to create Google Apps.
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