U-M Google Updates

How To Switch Back To "Classic" Gmail

9/18/2018

Today, users of U-M Google Mail were upgraded to the new Gmail interface. Users who wish to can revert to the previous “classic” version of Gmail until October 16. On that date, Google will permanently switch all users to the new Gmail interface (even if you opt to go back to classic Gmail now).

Users who experience barriers using the new Gmail interface and want to temporarily switch back to “classic” U-M Google Mail until the October 16 cutover can follow these instructions:

Select the settings button (gear icon) in the upper-right corner, then select "Go back to classic University of Michigan Mail." The classic interface will load automatically.

If you are using a screen reader and would like to revert back to classic Gmail:

  • Once the main Gmail Interface is loaded, press “Control+Home” to return to the top of the page.
  • Press the “h” key 4 times to reach the Conversations heading.
  • Press “Shift+b” once to navigate to the previous button which is Settings.
  • Press Enter on this button to open the Settings menu.
  • Press the Down arrow key once to reach “Go Back to University of Michigan Classic Mail” and press Enter to activate this option.

These instructions were designed using the NVDA screen reader and Firefox.

For more information:
Check out the New Gmail page
Check out the U-M Google Accessibility Information Page
Contact the IT Help Desk at 734-764-HELP (4357) or email 4HELP@umich.edu 

REMINDER: New Gmail Rolls Out Tuesday

9/14/2018

As first communicated, on August 14, Google announced the new Gmail cutover dates. This is a reminder:

  • Tuesday, September 18: Google automatically switches everyone to new Gmail. Users can still revert to “classic Gmail” for one month.
  • October 16: Everyone will be permanently switched to new Gmail and “classic Gmail” will no longer be available.

New features include:

  • smart replies (similar to the Gmail mobile version)
  • the option to snooze emails (as with Google Inbox)
  • a new tool panel on the right side of the interface for easy access to Tasks (also revamped) and Calendar

Google officially released the new Gmail interface in July after a period of testing and feedback through its Early Adopter Program, which U-M had participated in since June. To learn more, visit the new Gmail resource page and watch a recording of the IT4U webinar on using the new Gmail.

U-M Google July and August Summary

9/7/2018

The monthly U-M Google Summaries  inform campus of Google releases for Core Apps as well as the Non-Core Apps (those that are not part of the G Suite for Education agreement). We communicate important information on Core Apps throughout the month. Core and Non-Core Apps are listed on the G Suite website.

Core Apps:

Previously Communicated:

Note: Keep in mind that even when Non-Core Apps are found in a Core App (like Google Drive), they are not covered by the G Suite for Education agreement.

Google Quick Access Sidebar

9/6/2018

Google is adding a quick-access sidebar to the Docs editors and Google Calendar to help you quickly access other G Suite products without leaving what you’re working on. A similar sidebar is a feature of the new Gmail.

You’ll be able to access three G Suite products from Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings:

  • Google Calendar: Quickly reference, create or edit invites. 
  • Google Keep: Easily take notes, create lists, and see your other content. 
  • Google Tasks: Manage your tasks and to-dos. 

You’ll also see the sidebar in Google Calendar, where you’ll be able to use Keep and Tasks.

screenshot of google sidepanel

The quick access sidebar is slowly rolling out over the UMICH domain over the next 15 days.

Google announces cutover dates for the new Gmail

8/14/2018

Google recently announced the following dates for the rollout of the new Gmail interface:

  • September 18: Google automatically switches everyone to new Gmail. Users can still revert to “classic Gmail” for one month.
  • October 16: Everyone will be permanently switched to new Gmail and “classic Gmail” will no longer be available.

Users can currently opt in to the new Gmail and are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the new interface prior to September 18. You can enable the new look and features by clicking on the Settings gear icon, then selecting “Try the new University of Michigan Mail.” New features include:

  • smart replies (similar to the Gmail mobile version)
  • the option to snooze emails (as with Google Inbox)
  • a new tool panel on the right side of the interface for easy access to Tasks (also revamped) and Calendar

Google officially released the new Gmail interface in July after a period of testing and feedback through its Early Adopter Program, which U-M had participated in since June. To learn more, visit the new Gmail resource page and watch a recording of the IT4U webinar on using the new Gmail.