Join Dan Gookin for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know, part of Team Collaboration in G Suite.
- [Instructor] To get the most from this course, you need a Google account. This is the same as your Gmail account, so if you have Gmail, you're good to go. Along with your Google account, you have access to Google's online productivity apps, commonly referred to as Google docs. Access to these apps comes free with your account. These apps include Google Drive cloud storage. I recommend that you install the Google Drive program on your computer, so that files are synchronized between the cloud and your system. Visit Google Drive on any computer web browser, drive.google.com.
Sign in to your Google account if prompted. Once you see the main screen, click the settings icon, and choose download drive. Open the downloaded program, and follow the onscreen directions to install and configure Google Drive. After installation, you'll find a folder called Google Drive, that's integrated into your local account folder on the computer. You'll also see a Google Drive icon, which you can use for quick access. The icon appears in the Windows task bar notification area, or on the menu bar on a Macintosh, as shown here.
Click the icon to get access to the local copy of the Google Drive folder or access to Google Drive on the web. Throughout this course, I use various tools available online. I assume that you're using a web browser on a computer. For this course, I use Google's Chrome, though any browser works. Some of the apps may change their appearance over time, so what you see on your screen may not match up visually with what's presented here. You can also access Google's online apps and Google Drive on a mobile device, though I don't specifically cover how that works in this course.
Generally speaking, I refer to the files you create by using the generic term document. Specifically, this term applies to files created by Google Docs, the word processor. But in this course, I'll use the term document to refer to a worksheet created in Google Sheets, or a slideshow presentation created in Google Slides. So, just because I use the term document, doesn't imply that the feature is available only to Google Docs.
- Understanding G Suite and Google apps
- Exploring Google Drive
- Sharing files and folders
- Receiving a shared invite
- Sharing a document
- Managing shared documents
- Adding comments
- Creating a shared schedule
- Collaborating in real time
- Building a project site
- Presenting online