New Google Apps Features: Improved Contacts, Sites Recovery, and More

Here are a few new features recently added to Google Apps:

New Contacts Features

The Gmail sidebar has changed. Mail, Contacts and Tasks are now located at top-left above the Compose Mail button:

Clicking Contacts from the left-side of the screen no longer gives you a different view of all your Contacts groups; you now see your “My Contacts” group presented in a new mailbox view.

If you want to add a new contact to your “My Contacts” group without leaving Gmail, just click the Add to “My Contacts” button at the top-center:

If you want to view all of your Contacts groups (and search the Boise State contacts directory), you still need to click more > Contacts from the menu at the top of the Gmail screen:

Having quick access to the “My Contacts” group is especially helpful for smartphone users, as the “My Contacts” group is what is synchronized with your smartphone (depending on how you’ve configured your device to sync with your Google Apps account).

You can also now restore your contacts to any point in time within the last 30 days. We occasionally experience problems when syncing smartphone devices with Google Apps; if you don’t pay attention to what you’re doing, it’s very easy to end up accidentally deleting some or all of your contacts.

Now you can bring those deleted contacts back by clicking Contacts on the left-side of the Gmail screen, and then choosing “More actions > Restore contacts…”

Finally, you can now choose to not have Google Contacts save the email address of every person who send a message to. To modify this option, click Settings > General within Gmail and scroll down to “Create contacts for auto-complete:”

Find the Bad Email Address

It’s always been frustrating typing several email addresses into the To: field of an email message, and then send the message and have Gmail notify you there was an error with one of your addresses, but not tell you which address was the culprit. Gmail will now point out which address(es) is/are bad.

Page Breaks in Google Docs

You can now view pages in Google Docs with page breaks; choose View > Document view > Paginated from the Google Docs menu bar to see a document in this new view:

Printing in Chrome

Google Chrome now makes printing from Google Docs much easier. You can now print from within Chrome, and the printout will match what’s on your screen, rather than having to first render your print job in a pop-up window.

Recover Deleted Google Sites

You can now recover a deleted Google Site within 30 days of deletion. Just go to the URL of the Site, and if you’re still within the 30-day window, you will see an option to restore the Site.

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