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.
Thanks to Travis C!