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June 21, 2010

Don't Sort. Search!

We've received a number of questions about how to sort email by various criteria in GMail. For instance, many regularly sorted by person under Thunderbird. Sorting like Thunderbird is not possible in GMail, but GMail search is a very powerful tool and can give you very similar functionality.

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June 17, 2010

U Directory Available in U Google Apps

The university directory is now available in the U implementation of Google Apps. When you begin to type someone's name it will search your personal address book and the U directory. This should work anywhere you lookup individuals from your contact list in Google including GMail and GCal.

Set GMail as Default for Email Links in Webpages

Often you want to click on an email address link in a webpage to send an email. By default it will open your local email client (ie. Thunderbird). While Thunderbird will send the message it will not save a sent mail copy in GMail. It is possible to set Firefox to use GMail as the default email client, so all messages go through GMail and get a copy saved.

  1. Open 'Firefox' and navigate to your GMail account (
  2. Login to GMail
  3. Copy and paste the code below into the Firefox address bar and hit enter

  4. javascript:window.navigator.registerProtocolHandler("mailto","","GMail")

  5. Click the 'Add Application' button the appears in the top right.

Now all email links should open in GMail.

Google Calendar: It's Official

Google Calendar is now the official calendar of the Humphrey Institute. Resources, such as conference rooms within Humphrey Center, are also solely scheduled through Google Calendar. Other colleges are transitioning to Google over the summer, so inter-unit scheduling should become much easier in the near future. Humphrey ITS recommends blocking others from scheduling you through UMCal to avoid the confusion of managing two calendars.

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December 16, 2009

Login Changes

HHH-ITS will be removing the 'UMN.EDU' login option in the near future, instead you will choose 'AD' from the 'Log on to:' drop-down on the login screen.

This change is transparent and will have no effect on your computer's files or settings. Your computer will remain exactly the same as it was before the switch. You only need to make this switch once per computer. The computer will remember 'AD' for all future logins after you successfully login.

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August 28, 2009

UMSurvey: Survey Tool for the U

OIT has released a new service called UMSurvey based on the Open Source software LimeWire. This tool can be used by current students, staff, and faculty of the U to conduct surveys with internal and external recipients. The service is free and simply requires and x500 ID to create a survey. To get started using UMSurvey please visit The documentation for LimeWire can be found here

July 24, 2009

University Email Changes

The University Office of Information Technology will be altering the University's email policies to be more consistent with the new Gmail policies. The new policies will go into effect on August 17th, 2009.

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May 1, 2009

Making better use of U Voicemail

Ever get a voice mail while you've been out of the office for a few days, and wish you would have known about it before your return? You can! The University's voice mail system allows you to setup a notification to be sent to your email address or text your phone when someone leaves you a message on your University voice mail. You can also have the entire voice mail message sent to your email account.

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