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‘Training for Google Apps’ Is One Of Chrome’s Best Kept Secrets

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Do you ever start using a Google service and feel like you really don’t know how to use it properly?

I feel that way quite often with Google Docs and Google Calendar. It’s not that I don’t know how to use them – I don’t know how to use each feature and option like a nimble productivity ninja!

If you sometimes feel the same I definitely recommend you check out ‘Training for Google Apps’.

This free, By Google extension delivers interactive training and walkthroughs for a slate of Google services, including Calendar, Classroom, Docs, Drive, Forms, Gmail, Google+, Groups, Hangouts, and more.

“Set up the Training for Google Apps Chrome extension to access interactive, self-paced Google Apps lessons directly in your browser. The extension adds a Training menu to Google Apps services, including the Admin console. Click the menu to see relevant lessons. Each lesson is quick and easy-to-follow, with onscreen instructions and callouts to guide you. 

The add-on delivers a real in-app experience, with all training taking place in the Google App you’re using. It sounds silly, but not needing to leave an application to learn how to use it helps.

Here’s a quick lesson/walkthrough I chose while in Google Drive. Although an audio lesson it also guides me around the interface to show me where the options I need to access are on the screen I’m looking at.

Not New, But Definitely Cool

Training for Google Apps has been around for a while and is not a new extension. But it is new to me and, I suspect, a great many of you, too.

Once installed it integrates seamlessly in native Google products, whether they’re opened in a browser tab or opened as a window.

From there you can access step-by-step in-app video tutorials, product features, overviews, etc. It is extremely well put together, and something Chrome OS users have needed for years!

Not every app/service is covered (Google Keep among them) but most of the more complicated or feature-dense of the search giant’s app offerings are.

Training for Google Apps is a free extension available for Google Chrome on Windows, Mac and Linux and Google Chrome OS.

‘Training for Google Apps’ Extension on Chrome Web Store

Thanks to Travis C!

  • huckleberry582

    Thanks for highlighting this. I’ll look forward to checking this out and seeing what I might learn.

  • Celso Rodrigues

    Didn’t know about this. Thanks Joey!

  • This is so true, God help me with the forms.

  • Jay

    Tried it briefly but it demanded email address and other personal info. Deleted same.

    • Just_Joe

      Extension from Google — they already have your personal info… and more.

    • you’re using Chrome. How do you not expect this? If you want your information to be private in 2016, join a commune.

    • Stellanatus

      Its not personal. How do you expect to use a Gmail or Docs without owning an account for it to exist?

      • Jay

        Not sure I understand your question. I installed the app. I immediately tried to use it in gmail with my gmail page open. Instead of working, it demanded my email address and password. Weird. And gone now.

        • Oliver Black

          It is a google app, it is written by google, what is weird? Gmail asks for your google password too, you don’t stop using that

          • Jay

            If I’m already logged in to gmail with gmail open, why does the app ask me to log in again before it works? if you don’t see that as a security risk, you’re welcome to give the keys to your account to any app or extension that asks for it. I’m happy to say no and goodbye.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Dude

      You’re on the internet. On a website. Probably typed this comment from a computer, phone, or a tablet.

      Logged in under a Disqus account, probably linked to your Google Account, or your Facebook, or your Twitter

      Also installed an extension for Google chrome, which also uses a Google account

      After ALL OF THE ABOVE – are you really worried about giving your personal info/data? It’s already out there everywhere, if you want privacy – don’t use technology period

  • jis

    There should be said that you must switch your Google Apps from your native language to English because the Training for Google Apps is currently only for English (see details in Chrome Store). I thought that it’ll be enough to set Chrome Language to English, but it is not true. These settings are independent on your Chrome Language settings so you must go through Settings in every Google App (Admin console, Calendar, Classroom, Docs, Drive, Forms, Gmail, Google+, Groups, Hangouts, Sheets, Sites, and Slides) and change app language to English.

  • Travis Coble

    Hello… Since submitting the tip, I discovered a little more background info while digging around in the extension’s own help and settings area. The app is both brand new, and not new at all; its a rebranding (and re-launch) of a former pay-only service that Google must have bought, then tweaked a bit. The old extension focused more on enterprise training. I forget the name, but if you dig around its help articles, you’ll come across it. Just FYI. ;-)

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