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Welcome to Olds College

Welcome to Olds College Learning Commons and Library! Find out more about the department and stop by the front desk in the Learning Resource Centre to say "Hello"!

Some of the items we can help you with are:

 Below please find some information to get you started.

How To Login To Olds College Gmail

Gmail is the official email of Olds College and every staff member and student has an Olds College email account. Gmail is available from wherever you are and from any device.

Staff/faculty email addresses are in this format: first initial + last name + (

Student email addresses are in this format: first name + . + last name + (

Student initial password is set as PWmmddyy where mmddyy is your birthdate (i.e. if you were born on February 14, 1988 then your password would  be PW021488).

How to Access Gmail

  • Open your Internet browser
  • Go to the Olds College home page and click on the "Mail" link (envelope) or access through your browser at
  • Type your username - it's your Olds College email address.
  • Type your password - it's the same as the password you use for the Olds College network (computer login)
  • Click "Sign In"

Note: To log in to your Gmail account for the first time, you need to have changed your password. To do this, follow the instructions below - "Change Network/Email Password - if you know current Password (" or "Setting Up Olds College Network/Email Profile ("

Setting Up Olds College Network/Email Profile (

Access Olds College Computer/E-Mail Password Management System and Edit my Profile.

My Password


First Time Use - Creating Question & Answer Profile

Note: You will be asked to create your password reset profile upon logging into an Olds College computer or off campus by using the Edit my Profile within the myPassword website.


Edit Profile

Click on Edit my Profile and the question & answer page below will show. Note: You will be asked for your current active Olds College user name and password. Click the Logon button.

Profile Questions

Select and answer all 3 questions on the page then click the Submit button. If all answers meet the minimum requirements, the following message box will appear.


Click the OK button.


Now that your Profile has been set up with your Security Questions & Answers you will now be redirected to the main page.


How to Login on College Computers - Students
  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete to unlock the computer
  2. Type your username - this will be your student ID number in this format: 000012345
  3. Type your password. This was originally set to your birthday (PWMMDDYY)
  4. Click the arrow button to log in to the Olds College "WIN" domain
Printing in the Learning Commons (Library)
  • The default printer on Learning Commons computers is set to "Follow-Me-Print". This allows you to pick up your print jobs at either of the printers in the Learning Commons by swiping your Student ID card through the card reader. The job will not be released until you swipe your card or manually log in using your login credentials (click on the keyboard to enter). If you forget to release the job it will drop off the pending list and refund your account.


  • When you sign onto the computers in the Learning Commons the printers are automatically set to print in gray scale and double-sided. If you wish to print a document in colour or change it single sided you need to do this in the "Printer Properties" (in blue hyperlink text) option that appears when you choose to print.
  • The following menu will pop-up and you will select 1-sided and auto-colour. 
print single sided and colour

  • If you have cardstock or business card paper that you need to insert in the paper tray on the side of the printer; after selecting Printer Properties, click the Basic tab, and change Paper tray from auto to Bypass Tray:
print to bypass tray
How to Add Email to iOS/Android

For iOS device:

  • Go to settings (gears) and scroll down to Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  • Add account. Select Exchange.
  • Enter your Email address and password. i.e.
  • Enter description. i.e. from 'Exchange' to 'Olds College Email' (or copy your email address)
  • Click Next. It will be verifying.
  • It will show more:
  • Enter Server:
  • Enter Username: (has to be full email address)
  • Click next. Done!



For Android users:

  • Go to Apps and select the Email app
  • Press menu (3 horizontal bars), select Manage Accounts then the + sign icon at the top of the screen. 
  • Enter full email address: and password
  • Select Manual Set Up (Next)
  • Select Microsoft Exchange when prompted for “What type of account is this?” 
  • For Domain/Username, enter full email address again: (On some devices, the Domain/Username may be pre-populated incorrectly and should be erased.)
  • For Exchange Server name. Enter:
  • Make sure box Use secure connection (SSL) is checked
  • Select Next
  • Select desired account options for inbox checking frequency, number of days to synchronize, send email by default, notifications and contacts/calendar sync. Select Next
  • Depending on device you may be prompted for account colour and account name
  • Select Activate and your email is set-up and ready to go! 



There are benefits for setting your email up through Exchange:

  • you get push notifications - email is sent to you as it happens, not when it checks for emails periodically, and
  • allows us to wipe the phone should it get lost or stolen. This is important to us, so that we can protect our Olds College email accounts (yours) from abuse.