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Day 1: Set up Chrome browser, Gmail & Calendar


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Here's a checklists of tasks we recommend for your first day with Google Workspace

These instructions are for desktop only.

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Set up Chrome browser

Checkbox.Install and learn about Chrome browser

To access your Google Workspace services like email and calendar, you'll use a web browser instead of a desktop app.

Why this is important 

A web browser automatically and securely saves your work to the web. When you’re signed in, you’ll be able to see the updates you make on any device and any browser.

And if you use Chrome browser, you’ll get access to more advanced Gmail and Calendar features, too. 

Before using this checklist

Download and install Chrome Browser

Checkbox.Sign in to your Google Workspace account
  1. Open a browser and go to the Google Workspace User Hub.
  2. Enter your Google Workspace email address (such as and password.
Checkbox.Import your bookmarks from your old browser

Migrate your bookmarks, browsing history, and saved passwords from any other browsers to Chrome browser.

Import bookmarks

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, select More More and then Bookmarks and lists and then Import bookmarks and settings.
  3. Select Choose file.
  4. Choose a file and select Open and then Done.
Import and manage bookmarks.
Checkbox.Set your startup page

You can set which page or pages appear when you start Chrome browser (your startup page). You have 3 options.

Option 1: Start Chrome browser on a new tab

You can set Chrome to open a New Tab page whenever you start Chrome.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings
  3. On the left, click On startup
  4. Click Open the New Tab page.

Option 2: Continue where you left off

Or you can tell Chrome to reopen the same pages you were looking at when you last quit Chrome.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. Click On startup.
  4. Select Continue where you left off.

Your cookies and data are saved, so any websites that you signed in to before, such as Gmail, will open again. If you don't want to be automatically signed in to these pages, follow the steps below:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome Browser.
  2. At the top right, click More and thenSettings.
  3. At the bottom, click Advanced.
  4. Under Privacy and security, click Site settings.
  5. Click Cookies.
  6. Turn on Keep local data only until you quit your browser.

Option 3: Open one or more specific pages

Or you can have Chrome open a set of pages you specify:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. Under "On startup," select Open a specific page or set of pages.
    • Click Add a new page. Enter the web address and click Add.
    • Click Use current pages.

To update your pages, to the right of a page, click More More and then Edit or Delete

Set your startup page.

Learn more at the Google Chrome Help Center

Checkbox.Create profiles for personal and work accounts
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click Profile Profile.
  3. Click Add.
  4. If you choose to Sync to your Google Account, your profile name will automatically be your Account name.
  5. Choose a name, photo and color scheme.

If you choose to turn sync on in Chrome with a Google Account for the new profile, your bookmarks, history, passwords and other settings will sync automatically.

Tip: If you’re unsure which account you’re currently using, click your name and see which profile is at the top.

Learn more at the Google Chrome Help Center

Checkbox.Create Gmail and Calendar bookmarks
  1. In Chrome Browser, go to the site you want to visit again in the future. For example:
    • for Gmail
    • for Google Calendar
  2. To the right of the address bar, click Star and thenAdd Bookmark .
  3. Choose an option:
    • To exit, click Close .
    • To rename your bookmark or access it from a different folder, choose an option and click Done.

Learn more at the Google Chrome Help Center

Checkbox.Create Gmail and Calendar desktop shortcuts (Windows)
  1. Go to your desktop and right-click. 
  2. Choose Newand thenShortcut
  3. Type the web address as the location. For example:
  4. (Optional) Name your shortcut.


Want more Chrome browser basics?  Get started with Chrome browser

Set up your Gmail inbox

Checkbox.Create your email signature
  1. Open Gmail.
  2. At the top right, click Settings and thenSee all settings.
  3. In the General tab, scroll to Signature and click Create new.
  4. Name your signature, then click Create.
    This name is not your actual signature, but is a name for the signature template.
  5. In the text box at the right, add your signature text.
  6. (Optional) To add text colors, links, and images, use the format bar.
  7. At the bottom, click Save Changes.
Create a new signature in Settings.

Learn more at the Gmail Help Center

Checkbox.Choose an amount of time to recall a message you sent
  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settingsand then See all settings.
  3. Next to "Undo Send," select a Send cancellation period of 5, 10, 20, or 30 seconds.
  4. At the bottom, click Save changes.

Learn more at the Gmail Help Center

Checkbox.Add Google Chat to your inbox

You can add Chat to your Gmail inbox and get all the features of Chat directly in Gmail, so you can collaborate and stay connected from a central location.

  1. On your computer, open Gmail.
  2. At the top right, click Settings  and then See all settings.
  3. At the top, click Chat and Meet.
  4. Next to “Chat,” to turn Chat on or off in Gmail, select Google Chat or Off.
  5. Click Save Changes.

You can also mute Chat notifications so you can work uninterrupted.


Checkbox.Get email notifications

You can get notifications for new emails you receive, or for messages marked important.

  1. At the top right, click Settings and thenSee all settings.
  2. Scroll down to the Desktop notifications section.
  3. Click Click here to enable desktop notifications for <your organization>.
  4. Select New mail notifications on or Important mail notifications on.
  5. At the bottom of the page, click Save Changes.

Learn more at the Gmail Help Center

Checkbox.Create labels (similar to folders) to organize email
  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. On the left, scroll down, then click More.
  3. Click Create new label.
  4. Name your label.
  5. Click Create.

Learn more: Switch to labels from folders

Checkbox.Add filter rules to categorize incoming email
  1. Open Gmail.
  2. In the search box at the top, click Show search options photos tune .
  3. Enter your search criteria. If you want to check that your search worked correctly, see what emails show up by clicking Search. 
  4. At the bottom of the search window, click Create filter.
  5. Choose what you’d like the filter to do.
  6. Click Create filter.

Note: When you create a filter to forward messages, only new messages will be affected. ​Additionally, when someone replies to a message you've filtered, the reply will only be filtered if it meets the same search criteria. 

Tip: Try these Gmail filters for work or school.

Click arrow to create a filter.

Learn more at the Gmail Help Center


Switching from Microsoft Outlook? Learn how Gmail is different

Get up to speed using Gmail

Checkbox.Compose messages in a new window and resize the window

Tip: To open the Compose window with a keyboard shortcut, just type c.

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. On the left, click Compose.
  3. (Optional) Choose a window size with the buttons in the top right:
    • Full screen
    • Exit full screen
    • Open in a new window Shift
  4. Add a subject and recipients (To, Cc, or Bcc).

Learn more: Start sending mail

Checkbox.Archive emails instead of deleting 
  1. On your computer, open Gmail.
  2. Open the message you want to archive.
  3. At the top, click Archive .


Learn more at the Gmail Help Center

Checkbox.Download and save attachments

When you receive a file in Gmail, you can download it to your computer or save a copy of it to Google Drive. 

Download an attachment to your computer

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. Open a message.
  3. At the bottom of the message, hover over the attachment.
  4. Click Download .


  • If you use Google Chrome, learn how to download a file on Chrome.
  • Your browser saves attachments to a download folder. Check your browser’s settings to find your downloads.
  • If your computer supports it, you can also drag photos and attachments to your desktop.

Save a copy of Gmail attachments to Drive 

Important: You can’t add certain attachments to Google Drive. Learn about files you can store in Drive.

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. Open a message.
  3. At the bottom of the message, hover over the attachment.
  4. Click Add to Drive .

Save attachment options highlighted.

Learn more: Tips working with attachments

Checkbox.Find email with Advanced search

At the top of your inbox, search for one or more keywords that appear anywhere in the email—in the subject, body, or sender name. 

If you’re looking for something specific, click Show search options to use advanced search.

Example: Search for:

  • Senders—Example: From:(
  • Date ranges—Example: after:2019/3/29 before:2019/4/5
  • Keywords—Example: Company confidential
  • Message attributes, such as attachments—Example: has:attachment

Learn more at the Gmail Help Center

Checkbox.Add stars and importance markers to flag important emails

Star an email 

  1. On your computer, open Gmail.
  2. From your inbox, go to the left of the message, then click Star . If the message is open, click More and then Add Star.
  3. If you have multiple stars, keep clicking the star icon until you see the one you want to use.

See your starred messages

  1. On your computer, open Gmail.
  2. On the left side of the page, click Starred. You may need to click More first.

Tip: To find starred messages, you can also use search operators in Gmail.

  • To find all starred messages, enter is:starred.
  • To find messages with a specific star, enter has: followed by the star's name. The names are based on your current star options in use:
    • has:yellow-star
    • has:orange-star
    • has:red-star
    • has:purple-star
    • has:blue-star
    • has:green-star
    • has:red-bang
    • has:orange-guillemet
    • has:yellow-bang
    • has:green-check
    • has:blue-info
    • has:purple-question

Flag email with a star.

Learn more at the Gmail Help Center

Use importance markers

You can also click a message's importance marker to mark the message as important yourself.

Next to emails that Gmail thinks is important, you'll see a yellow Importance marker . If an email hasn't been marked as important, the marker will be empty.

To see all your emails that are marked as important, search Gmail for is:important.

Train Gmail to prioritize messages.

Learn more at the Gmail Help Center

Checkbox.Print email messages

Print a single email

If there are multiple emails within the same conversation, you can print just one of those emails.

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. Open the email you want to print.
  3. At the top right of the email, click More More.
  4. Click Print.
Reply, forward, and print options highlighted on email.

Learn more at the Gmail Help Center


Want more email basics?  Get started with Gmail for Google Workspace

Set up your Google Calendar

Checkbox.Set your Calendar event notifications

Set preferences for all your calendars

  1. In Calendar, click Settings and thenSettings.
  2. On the left under General, click Event settings.
  3. Click Notifications and select an option:
    • Off
    • Desktop notifications
    • Alerts
  4. (Optional) To set up a sound for your incoming notifications, check the Play notification sounds box.
  5. (Optional) To manage your notifications, on the left, click your calendarand thenGeneral notifications.
  6. Next to each option, click the Down arrow and select None or Email.

Learn more at the Google Calendar Help Center

Checkbox.Set your work hours

If you’d prefer not to be invited to events outside of your working hours, you can adjust your Google Calendar settings so organizers know to reschedule an event to a better time.

  1.  On your computer, open Google Calendar.
  2. At the top right, click Settings and then Settings.
  3. On the left, under "General," click Working hours.
  4. In the "Working hours" section, click Enable working hours.
  5. Select the days you work and then the times you work.
  6. You can split the hours you work based on when you're available.
    • To add more than one time period to your workday, next to a day of the week, click Add add .
    • To remove a time period, click Remove Remove.

Tip: When you add work hours, the start time must be before the end time.

Calendar may suggest working hours based on your time zone, the work patterns in your country, and your schedule. You can accept, decline, or edit these suggestions. Learn more about Calendar in different time zones.

An animation showing how to set working hours  in Calendar

Learn more at the Google Calendar Help Center

Checkbox.View co-workers' calendars
  1. On your computer, open Google Calendar.
  2. On the left, next to “Other calendars,” click Add Add other calendars and then Subscribe to calendar. If the calendar has been shared with you, you’ll get an email.
  3. In the “Add calendar” box, enter the person's email address, or select one from the list.
  4. Press Enter.
  5. Depending on whether their calendar is shared, one of the following happens:
    • If the calendar isn't shared with you, we'll prompt you to request access.
    • If the calendar is already shared with you, their calendar will be added on the left side under "Other calendars."
    • If the other person doesn't have a Google Calendar, we'll prompt you to invite them to use Google Calendar.

Learn more at the Google Calendar Help Center

Schedule your first meeting

Checkbox.Create a calendar event
  1. On your computer, open Google Calendar.
  2. Optional: If you want to add guests to your event, on the left click Search for people and start typing the names of your guests.
  3. Click any time on the calendar that doesn't already have an event scheduled.
  4. Add a title to the event, and any event details.
  5. Click Save.

Tip: To create a longer event, drag your mouse down the page while you're selecting the time.

Learn more at the Calendar Help Center

Checkbox.Find open times for meetings with your team

If someone has shared their calendar with you, or is part of your work, school, or other organization, you can check if they're free or busy when adding them to an event.

  1. On your computer, open Google Calendar.
  2. On the left, click Search for people.
  3. Start typing someone’s name and choose the person you want to meet with.
  4. At the top left, click Create Add.
  5. Click Suggested times. If the guest you invited has shared their calendar with you, you'll see when they can attend.

Learn more at the Google Calendar Help Center

Checkbox.Find a room or resource

Note: If you don’t see resources, room details, or automatic room suggestions, your administrator might not have set them up for your organization.

  1. On your computer, open Google Calendar.
  2. Create a new event or open an existing one.
  3. If you are editing an existing event, click Edit event Edit.
  4. If your account is part of an organization with Rooms, click Rooms. Based on who you invite, you can choose from suggested rooms or search for a new one. Click the rooms or resources you want to add.
    • Important: If you can't add a room to an event, Google Calendar may suggest a shortcut to create a duplicate event where you can book a room. This shortcut creates a single event, without any guests.
  5. Click Save.
Tip: Account administrators can add new rooms and resources for users to book by using the Admin console.

Learn more at the Google Calendar Help Center


Want more calendar basics? Get started with Google Calendar

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