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Create pointers to any file or folder in Google Drive with shortcuts

What’s changing 

Last year, we announced a beta for shortcuts in Google Drive. This feature is now generally available and has started rolling out to all G Suite customers and users with personal Google Accounts. 

Shortcuts in Drive make it easier to organize content and point users to relevant information and files across various drives.

Who’s impacted 

Admins, end users, and developers

Why you’d use it 


Shortcuts are pointers to content that can be stored in another folder or drive, a shared drive, or an individual user's “My Drive.”

For example, Paul, a marketing manager, creates a “Marketing Strategy” document and shares it with the sales team. Greta, the sales manager, can now create a shortcut to the document in the “Sales” shared drive, enabling everyone on the sales team to quickly and easily access the file.

Additional details 


Shortcut visibility and sharing permissions 
Shortcuts are visible to anyone who has access to the folder or drive containing the shortcut. Even if someone can see the shortcut, however, they can only open it if they have the appropriate access to the original file or folder.

Simplifying how files and folders appear in multiple locations 
In order to create a consistent experience for managing and viewing reference files across Drive, we’ve changed the “Add to My Drive” option to “Add shortcut to Drive.”


Changes to Drive’s folder structure and sharing model starting September 30 
Starting September 30, 2020, it will no longer be possible to place a file in multiple folders in My Drive, including via the Drive API. Going forward, every file will live in a single location.

After September 30, 2020, all files already living in multiple locations in My Drive will gradually be migrated to shortcuts.

No admin or end user action is required. We recommend developers read more about this and other Drive API changes on the Cloud blog.

Getting started 




Rollout pace 

Drive Web



Drive Android/iOS

  • Gradual rollout starting on March 26, 2020. Requires app version 2.20.10 and up for Android and 4.2020.08 and up for iOS 


Drive File Stream

  • This feature is already available and requires app version 37.0 and up 


Backup and Sync

  • This feature is already available and requires app version 3.46 and up 


Availability 


  • Available to all G Suite customers and users with personal Google Accounts 


Resources 




Roadmap 


Hangouts Meet improvements for remote learning

What’s changing 

We recently extended Hangouts Meet premium features to all G Suite customers through July 1, 2020 to support employees, educators, and students as they move to work and learn remotely.

To improve the remote learning experience for teachers and students using Hangouts Meet, we’re making several improvements:

  • Only meeting creators and calendar owners can mute or remove other participants in a meeting
  • Meeting participants will not be able to re-join nicknamed meetings once the final participant has left

Who’s impacted 

Admins and end users

Why it’s important 

We hope these added controls and improvements will enhance Hangouts Meet for our Education users.

Additional details

Improved meeting control features: 'mute' and 'remove' For our Education customers, only the meeting creator, Calendar event owner, or person who creates a meeting on an in-room hardware device will be allowed to mute or remove other participants in a meeting. This ensures a teacher, as a meeting creator or Calendar event owner, can't be removed or muted by students participating in the event.

Check out our Help Center to learn how to assign meeting creation privileges to teachers and staff members. We recommend that you assign these privileges to the organizational units (OUs) that contain your faculty and staff members.

Improved teacher controls for nicknamed meetings Participants will not be able to re-join a meeting after the final participant has left if:
  • The meeting was created using a short link like g.co/meet/nickname 
  • The meeting was created at meet.google.com by entering a meeting nickname in the "Join or start a meeting” field 
  • The meeting was created in the Meet app by entering a nickname in the “Meeting code” field

This means if the teacher is the last person to leave these types of meetings, students cannot join later without the teacher.

We’ve also heard from some admins that they don’t want students to be able to create meetings. To do so, use this Help Center article to assign meeting creation privileges to teachers and staff only.

Additional resources for getting started with Hangouts Meet 
Visit our Help Center to learn more about using Meet with low bandwidth and tips for training teachers and students.

Getting started 

Admins: Visit the Help Center to learn more about assigning meeting creation privileges to users in your domain.

End Users: No action is required.

Rollout pace 

  • Rapid and Scheduled Release domains: These features have started rolling out and should be available to all G Suite for Education and G Suite Enterprise for Education customers within 2-3 weeks. 

Availability 

  • Available to G Suite for Education and G Suite Enterprise for Education customers 
  • Not available to G Suite Basic, G Suite Enterprise, G Suite Business and G Suite for Nonprofits customers

Resources 


Hangouts Meet improvements for remote learning

What’s changing 

We recently extended Hangouts Meet premium features to all G Suite customers through July 1, 2020 to support employees, educators, and students as they move to work and learn remotely.

To improve the remote learning experience for teachers and students using Hangouts Meet, we’re making several improvements:

  • Only meeting creators and calendar owners can mute or remove other participants in a meeting
  • Meeting participants will not be able to re-join nicknamed meetings once the final participant has left

Who’s impacted 

Admins and end users

Why it’s important 

We hope these added controls and improvements will enhance Hangouts Meet for our Education users.

Additional details

Improved meeting control features: 'mute' and 'remove' For our Education customers, only the meeting creator, Calendar event owner, or person who creates a meeting on an in-room hardware device will be allowed to mute or remove other participants in a meeting. This ensures a teacher, as a meeting creator or Calendar event owner, can't be removed or muted by students participating in the event.

Check out our Help Center to learn how to assign meeting creation privileges to teachers and staff members. We recommend that you assign these privileges to the organizational units (OUs) that contain your faculty and staff members.

Improved teacher controls for nicknamed meetings Participants will not be able to re-join a meeting after the final participant has left if:
  • The meeting was created using a short link like g.co/meet/nickname 
  • The meeting was created at meet.google.com by entering a meeting nickname in the "Join or start a meeting” field 
  • The meeting was created in the Meet app by entering a nickname in the “Meeting code” field

This means if the teacher is the last person to leave these types of meetings, students cannot join later without the teacher.

We’ve also heard from some admins that they don’t want students to be able to create meetings. To do so, use this Help Center article to assign meeting creation privileges to teachers and staff only.

Additional resources for getting started with Hangouts Meet 
Visit our Help Center to learn more about using Meet with low bandwidth and tips for training teachers and students.

Getting started 

Admins: Visit the Help Center to learn more about assigning meeting creation privileges to users in your domain.

End Users: No action is required.

Rollout pace 

  • Rapid and Scheduled Release domains: These features have started rolling out and should be available to all G Suite for Education and G Suite Enterprise for Education customers within 2-3 weeks. 

Availability 

  • Available to G Suite for Education and G Suite Enterprise for Education customers 
  • Not available to G Suite Basic, G Suite Enterprise, G Suite Business and G Suite for Nonprofits customers

Resources 


Hangouts Meet improvements for remote learning

What’s changing 

We recently extended Hangouts Meet premium features to all G Suite customers through July 1, 2020 to support employees, educators, and students as they move to work and learn remotely.

To improve the remote learning experience for teachers and students using Hangouts Meet, we’re making several improvements:

  • Only meeting creators and calendar owners can mute or remove other participants in a meeting
  • Meeting participants will not be able to re-join nicknamed meetings once the final participant has left

Who’s impacted 

Admins and end users

Why it’s important 

We hope these added controls and improvements will enhance Hangouts Meet for our Education users.

Additional details

Improved meeting control features: 'mute' and 'remove' For our Education customers, only the meeting creator, Calendar event owner, or person who creates a meeting on an in-room hardware device will be allowed to mute or remove other participants in a meeting. This ensures a teacher, as a meeting creator or Calendar event owner, can't be removed or muted by students participating in the event.

Check out our Help Center to learn how to assign meeting creation privileges to teachers and staff members. We recommend that you assign these privileges to the organizational units (OUs) that contain your faculty and staff members.

Improved teacher controls for nicknamed meetings Participants will not be able to re-join a meeting after the final participant has left if:
  • The meeting was created using a short link like g.co/meet/nickname 
  • The meeting was created at meet.google.com by entering a meeting nickname in the "Join or start a meeting” field 
  • The meeting was created in the Meet app by entering a nickname in the “Meeting code” field

This means if the teacher is the last person to leave these types of meetings, students cannot join later without the teacher.

We’ve also heard from some admins that they don’t want students to be able to create meetings. To do so, use this Help Center article to assign meeting creation privileges to teachers and staff only.

Additional resources for getting started with Hangouts Meet 
Visit our Help Center to learn more about using Meet with low bandwidth and tips for training teachers and students.

Getting started 

Admins: Visit the Help Center to learn more about assigning meeting creation privileges to users in your domain.

End Users: No action is required.

Rollout pace 

  • Rapid and Scheduled Release domains: These features have started rolling out and should be available to all G Suite for Education and G Suite Enterprise for Education customers within 2-3 weeks. 

Availability 

  • Available to G Suite for Education and G Suite Enterprise for Education customers 
  • Not available to G Suite Basic, G Suite Enterprise, G Suite Business and G Suite for Nonprofits customers

Resources 


New interface for domain management in the Admin console

Quick launch summary


We’ve updated the interface you use to manage your primary domain, secondary domains, and domain aliases. When you go to Admin console > Domains > Manage domains, you may notice:
  • An updated interface with more complete information and descriptions of items and domain state. 
  • New grouped action buttons which make it easier to see and select the action you want to take, such verifying domains, changing your primary domain, setting up MX records, and more. 
  • A new side panel which shows information about domains registered through Google, enabling you to quickly see and manage renewals and advanced DNS settings. 

Getting started

  • Admins: Find domain management at Admin console > Domains > Manage domains. Use our Help Center to learn more about how to add and manage domains in G Suite
  • End users: There is no end user impact. 


The new domain management interface in the Admin console


The old domain management interface in the Admin console

Rollout pace



Availability


  • Available to all G Suite customers

Resources




Sort and filter cells by text or fill color in Google Sheets

Quick launch summary 

We’ve added two additional parameters to filter and sort cells by in Google Sheets:
  • Text color 
  • Fill (background) color 

Along with sorting by values and conditions, these filters make it easier and faster to find and surface relevant data in Sheets. This feature will be available on mobile and web.

Getting started 

Admins: No admin action required for this feature.

End users: This feature will be available by default. To use this feature, select Filter > Filter by Color and then select “Fill color” or “Text color”. Matching cells will be display at the top of the range. Visit the Help Center to learn more. Use our Help Center to learn more about sorting and filtering data in Sheets.

Filtering by fill color, then text color.

Rollout pace

Availability

  • Available to all G Suite customers and users with personal Google Accounts

Resources


Important changes to less secure apps and account recovery management in the Admin console

What’s changing

We’re making some updates to how you manage less secure app (LSA) settings and account recovery (AR) settings in the Admin console. This is part of a wider migration of our Admin console pages to a simplified and more streamlined experience, and will affect the sections at Admin console > Security > Settings > Less Secure Apps and Admin console > Security > Settings > Account Recovery. In those sections you may notice:

  • An updated interface, which reorganizes the settings to make them easier to find and change.
  • A new system to apply group-based policies in these areas. As a result of this change, existing settings will be migrated to the new system. See "Additional details" below for more information.


Who’s impacted

Admins

Why it’s important

The interface updates will make security settings more findable and scannable, reducing the number of clicks it takes to manage these settings. The new group-based policy system is the same one used in other areas of the Admin console and so should be more familiar and intuitive than the legacy system. The new system allows for multiple group based policies to be applied in a single UI view, and makes it possible to manage policies exclusively using groups, instead of a combination of OU-based policy with group-based exceptions.

Additional details

As part of migrating LSA and AR pages to the new UI, we will migrate any currently applied group-based policies to the new groups-based system. This migration will have no functional impact for most customers.

However, for a very small number of organizations (specifically those that currently have group based policies for LSA and AR applied at child-OU levels,) this transition may impact your existing settings. We will email the primary admin at affected domains with more details on how we will do the transition, and instructions for how to prepare. If you don’t receive an email, no action is required.

Getting started

Admins: Existing policies will be migrated to the new group-based policy system automatically unless you’re notified by email (see “Additional details” above). Visit the Help Center to learn more about using groups to manage Admin console settings, controlling access to LSAs, or setting up account recovery for users.

End users: There is no end-user impact unless admins change settings applied to them.
Before

After

Rollout pace




Availability


  • Available to all G Suite customers


Resources


Set custom table ranges for charts in Google Sheets

What’s changing 

We’re improving the way data is suggested and how data is selected when creating a chart in Google Sheets. It’s now easier to locate and select the data you need when creating a dashboard over a dataset with slicers, pivot tables, charts, and more.

Who’s impacted 

End users

Why you’d use it 

When creating reports in Sheets, it’s common to create multiple charts from the same data table, but using different column ranges. Previously, all data ranges on a table would be used when creating a chart. Now, you’ll be able to select which columns to use for the chart axis and series. This allows you to quickly customize your charts so that they display the most relevant data.

Getting started

Admins: There is no admin action required for this feature.

End users: This feature will be available by default. In the chart editor, you can select a column as the X-axis and under “Series” you can select additional columns to populate your chart.


Rollout pace


Availability

  • Available to all G Suite customers and users with personal Google accounts

Create and use multiple signatures in Gmail

Quick launch summary

It’s now possible to use multiple signatures in Gmail. Multiple signatures give you the flexibility to use different signatures for different situations such as:

  • Communicating across teams, organizations, or products
  • Communicating across languages
  • Using different default signatures for new emails and replies, and more.


Getting started

End users: This feature will be available by default. To create multiple signatures, in Gmail go to Settings (gear icon) > Settings > General. Then, scroll down to “Signature” and select “Create New” to enter multiple signatures. To use the additional signatures, open the signature menu in the compose action toolbar to switch signatures. Visit the Help Center to learn more about multiple signatures in Gmail.

Rollout pace



Availability


  • Available to all G Suite customers and users with personal Google Accounts

Resources




Experience the new Google Groups, launching in beta

What’s changing 

Later this year, we’ll replace the current Google Groups interface with a new experience. Starting today, you can sign up to try the new experience in beta, giving your organization early access to the new UI and a head start on the migration from classic Groups. Use this form to apply for the beta

Before applying, please carefully consider the “Additional details” below. Some features that currently exist in Groups will not be available in the beta. If your organization uses those features often, you may want to wait to try new Groups.

Who’s impacted 

Admins and end users

Why you’d use it 

The new Groups experience features a modern, fresh look and controls that are streamlined, intuitive, and consistent with other G Suite tools like Gmail. Participation in the beta will allow you to check out the new interface as soon as possible, provide feedback to Google, and prepare your users for future migration.

It’s important to note that we’re continuing to improve on the new Groups experience and some features that currently exist in classic Groups will not be available in the beta

Specifically, users in the new Groups beta won’t have access to the following features:
  • Collaborative inboxes
  • Tags and categories
  • Mobile browser experience for new Groups
  • Welcome messages above group conversations
  • Accessing moderated messages
For the complete list of features that will not be available in beta, see our Help Center.


Users will still be able to access features not available in beta features at any time by reverting back to classic Groups. To do so, you can click on the gear at the top right of the page and select “Visit classic Google Groups.” When opted into beta, users can switch between the beta version of Groups and Classic Groups as often as needed. If you feel this will be confusing or disruptive, however, you may not want to apply for the beta.


Reverting back to Classic groups from the New Groups beta

Reverting back to the New Groups beta from Classic Groups

Visit our Help Center for more information on the features available in the new Groups beta.

Additional details

We’ll roll out the new Groups experience in three stages:

  • Beta with the option to revert: If you apply for and are accepted into the beta, your users will be automatically transitioned to the new Groups experience with the option to revert back to the classic Groups UI at any time.
  • General availability (GA) with option to revert: Following the beta, we’ll introduce the new Groups experience to all G Suite customers. We’ll announce the specific date for this GA phase on the G Suite Updates blog at least two weeks in advance, and admins will have the option to control user access to the UI in the Admin console at that time. If an admin doesn’t take action, their users will see the new Groups experience when they visit groups.google.com. Users will have the option to revert back to classic Groups at any time.
  • Mandatory transition to new Groups: Later this year, all users will be migrated to new Groups, and they’ll no longer have the option to revert to classic Groups. Admins will not be able to prevent users from accessing the new Groups UI. We’ll announce the specific date for this transition on the G Suite Updates blog at least one month in advance.

Getting started

Admins:  
  • Complete this form to apply for the beta. You must be a super admin to qualify.
  • If you’re accepted into the beta, you’ll receive an email shortly before your domain is whitelisted. Once your domain is whitelisted, all users in your domain and subdomains will be migrated to the new Groups experience, but they’ll have the option to revert back to classic at any time. Once accepted into the beta, you can use this email template to communicate these changes to your users
  • Please note that it may take several weeks for your domain to be whitelisted into the beta.
End users:  
  • If your organization is accepted into the beta, you’ll automatically be transitioned to the new UI. You can revert back to classic Groups at any time.

Availability

  • Available to all G Suite customers

Resources