As you may or may not be aware, the webmail application provided by Penn State is almost universally reviled by both staff and students. But never fear! Using Google's mail application, Gmail, to read and manage all your PSU email couldn't be easier! By making the switch to Gmail, you gain access to one of the most powerful email programs in the world. In addition to gaining all these great features, Gmail has much better reliability than the mail client provided by PSU.
This collection of documents is designed to help you in the transition from PSU Webmail to Gmail. While these documents, for the most part, should benefit everybody, they are primarily written for instructors and staff members, as some of the features discussed will not be useful for students.
In addition to having access to a robust, fully featured, and well documented email client, Gmail has numerous other advantages. By creating a Gmail account, you are also gaining access to other great Google services, such as iGoogle, Google Reader, and Google Documents.
Also, unlike your PSU account, Gmail won't go away if you graduate or change jobs!
In order to get the most out of these documents, you will obviously, need access to a Gmail account. That's okay, though, because Gmail is free and easy to sign up for. If you don't already have an account, get one and come back here to get started!
I've divided these documents into basic and advanced topics. Basic topics cover everything you need to know about Gmail to set it as your default email client for reading PSU email. The advanced section has documents on how to use Gmail to automate day-to-day tasks here at PSU.
The Basic Tasks section should probably be completed as a step-by-step tutorial, as these documents are designed to walk you through the steps needed to use Gmail.
PSU Gmail is not affliated with The Pennsylvania State University.
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