Join Jess Stratton for an in-depth discussion in this video What can you do with Google Drive?, part of Google Drive Essential Training (2015).
- Google Drive is a free product from Google that's actually two products in one. The first product is Google Drive. It's your own hard drive that follows you everywhere you have internet access. You can access your files by any web browser, your desktop or laptop computer, even your mobile phone or tablet. You can store music, videos, photos, documents, zip files, anything. You get 15 gigabytes of space for free, but you can purchase more storage if you need to. We'll talk about that later.
Let's talk about the documents. The second product that you also get for free when you access Google Drive is Google Docs. Google Docs is a suite of software apps that function similarly to Microsoft Office. Google Docs is a word processing app, Google Sheets is a powerful spreadsheet application, while Slides gives you the ability to create presentations. Finally, Google Drawings allows you to create flow charts and other images you can use anywhere, including your Docs that you create.
These two products, Google Drive and Google Docs, are designed to work together. For example, any Google Docs you create, which are stored on your Drive, do not count against your storage limit, so you can use that space for other things like photos, which tend to take up a lot of storage. In fact, I'll show you in a later video how you can convert your existing Microsoft Word documents that you have stored on Google Drive into Google Doc format, saving you room on your Drive, and giving you the other benefits of using Google Docs.
For example , you can embed Google Docs onto webpages. You can send your files to other people, you can share them, and you can access them and edit them simultaneously with other users. Finally, Google Drive and Google Docs can sync to your computer via a desktop app which I'll show you later. Also, if you're on the road or have access to a friend or public computer, you can log on, access, edit, or download your files from any browser so you'll have access to them wherever you are.
- Accessing Google Drive
- Working with files
- Purchasing more storage space
- Finding files
- Working with Docs, Sheets, and Slides
- Creating forms and drawings
- Sharing files
- Working with revisions and suggested edits
- Using Google Drive on a mobile device