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The University of Washington is partnering with Google to provide Google Apps to the UW community. UW Google Apps is a service that can be used by current UW students, faculty, staff, Alumni, and former students. 

UW Google Apps provides access to many web based applications including:

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Google Drive - Access files from all your devices anywhere, anytime!
Google Drive is a free web-based office suite containing tools for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, and online forms. Users can create new documents or upload existing Microsoft Office documents to edit and share in Google Drive with others. Your files are always waiting for you at, but you can also get them straight from your computer, smartphone, and tablet.

Key Features

document iconDocuments
Word processing application that allows you to create and edit documents.

presentation iconPresentations
Create and edit slideshows or presentations with this tool.

spreadsheet iconSpreadsheets
Manage data and perform simple calculations with Spreadsheets.

form iconForms
Create online questionnaires and surveys with the Forms tool.

drawing iconDrawings
Draw mind-maps, diagrams, and other simple shapes in the Drawings tool.

lucidchart-diagram iconLucidchart Diagram
Create flowcharts and mind-maps to organize ideas


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hangout iconWith Google+ Hangouts you can hold study groups, conduct interviews, or collaborate on group projects face to face without geographic constraints. A Hangout is, essentially, a free web conferencing tool with room for up 15 people. When starting your hangout you can choose your different friends to hang out with.  It then opens the room and allows anyone from your selected circles to join in the hangout, collaborate on shared documents, share your screen with others, and view YouTube clips together while carrying a discussion at the same time. All you need is a webcam and microphone to get started.

With Hangouts there’s no need to download a separate application — a simple browser plug-in enables hangouts on any computer with a web browser, webcam, and microphone. (You can join a hangout without a webcam or microphone, but you'll have a more limited experience without them.)

See our page about Google+ Hangouts to learn more

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Google Sites is an easy-to-use web page creation tool. Web sites can be created quickly using pre-defined templates that allow you to add content, upload images, and embed documents and videos from other sites, such as Google Docs or YouTube.

Follow the steps below to start using UW Google Apps. You may activate the UW Google Apps service without changing your current UW email forwarding to send new mail to UW Google Apps.

  1. Go to the Manage UW Google Apps page to activate the service and set your UW Google Apps password. Once activated, your Google Apps login is <your UW NetID> (where "<your UW NetID>" is your actual UW NetID).
  2. The UW NetID manage pages can be used to forward your email to UW Google Apps Mail.  If you wish to use UW Google Apps without using Google's email service, this step may be skipped. 
  3. is used to access your email and all other Google Apps services. You may also configure Google Apps Email on just about any desktop email program or mobile device using instructions provided by Google

Google Apps is in constant development and new features are being added on a regular basis.  For more information on what's available and what's coming soon, visit the UW Google Apps website.

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