What is Google Drive?
Google Drive (formerly Google Documents) is a document storage
solution. Additionally, it includes several cloud applications
including Google Documents, Google Spreadsheets, and Google
To get to it, log in to
currently using Google Documents will be given an opportunity to learn
more about Google Drive and upgrade to it. Once they upgrade, the word
"Drive" will replace "Documents" in their Google Apps for Education
applications bar. Additionally, they will be given an opportunity to
install Google Drive on their own computer. If they do this, a folder
will be placed in their computer's documents for their Google Drive
files. They may drag and drop files to or from their Google Drive using
this folder. This installation can take place on multiple computers
with the same account (for example, a laptop and a desktop) and the same
files will appear in both.
If you are still seeing "Documents" in your Google Apps, log in, open a second browser tab, and then go to this page: http://drive.google.com for the option to upgrade.
Additionally, there are mobile apps for Google Drive so you may see the same files on your mobile device.
Overview of Google Drive:
- Online document creation (Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Presentations, pre-built templates, build your own templates)
- Document and/or Folder sharing (collaborate with other users)
- Document publishing (share with URL or by embed code)
- Online document storage (store your own already created documents or those created in Google Drive)
- Local document synching/storage (drag and drop files into a folder on your desktop)
- View documents on mobile devices with Google Drive mobile apps
Examples of documents created in Google Drive:
- Google Documents allows you to create, share, and edit
documents online. You can even upload Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, RTF,
HTML or plain text documents into Google Docs. Edit documents online
simultaneously with anyone you choose, and invite others to view them.
Keep track of who made changes to a document and when, and roll back to
any version. Publish documents online to the world, as webpages or post
documents to your blog. Email your documents out as attachments.
- Google Spreadsheets allows you to create, share, and edit
spreadsheets online. Google Spreadsheets is also an essential part to
Google Forms. Google Spreadsheets allows you to import and export these
file types: .xls, .csv, .txt and .ods. You can also export data to a
PDF or an HTML file. Format your cells and edit formulas so you can
calculate results and make your data look the way you want it. Chat in
real time with others who are editing your spreadsheet. Embed a
spreadsheet, or a section of a spreadsheet, in your blog or website.
- Google Presentations allows you to create, share, and edit
online presentations. Import presentations in .ppt and .pps file types
and export your online ones. You can also insert images and videos, and
format your slides as you want. Allow simultaneous real-time viewing of
presentations, online, from remote locations. Publish and embed your
presentations in a website for the world to view.
Is there a cost associated with Google Drive?
No. Google Drive is free as part of Google Apps for Education to faculty, staff and students.
Can I download Google Drive?
Yes. Google Drive can be downloaded and installed on your local
computer so your files will appear both online and on your local
How do I use Google Drive?
Frequently Asked Questions
See the A&M-Texarkana Google Apps for Education FAQ page or the Google Docs Help Center for answers to some of the more frequently asked questions regarding Google Docs.
Review the Google Drive System Requirements.