Learn how and where files are stored, what types of files you can save in Drive and how it fits into the Google product line.
- [Instructor] Google Drive is one of the most well-known cloud storage services available. And if you have a Google account, such as Gmail, Analytics or any Google service with a login, then you already have Google Drive. We'll talk about exactly what Drive is, how you can access your files and the ways you can work with them from anywhere. Drive can store any files you choose in the cloud. Cloud just means it's stored on a server in a different location instead of your computer's hard drive. On your computer this is what it looks like. When you open your Google Drive website you can upload a file from your computer to save it to your My Drive account, which is in the cloud. This just means you're using the Internet to store and access your file on another computer server in a different location. In Drive's case, that's on Google's powerful storage servers in various locations around the world. Drive can also keep a copy of a file both on your computer and in the cloud. So you can work with your file when you're not connected to the Internet, and any changes will be updated in the cloud version when you reconnect. Allowing you to have access from anywhere on any device, and protect your files from accidental loss because of computer failure. It can save photos, documents, presentations, music, any file you want to keep. Plus you can share your files and collaborate with others in real time, sharing edits, comments and more. Drive is the main storage container for most of Google's apps and services. It's where Google stores your Gmail attachments, high quality photos, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms. Google Drive is only a storage service. You can't use it to edit or work with your files, but with the built-in integration of Google's other apps, Google Docs for text documents, Google Sheets for spreadsheets, and Google Slides for presentations, it's easy. You can also use Google's Chrome Web browser to edit and work with Microsoft Office files without converting them to Google formats. And this all works seamlessly from within Drive. To find Drive, visit the website and log in to your Google account, or create a new account. Google Drive is an extremely useful tool for your workday and life. Once you've mastered the ins and outs of it, you'll be so happy to have this one in your productivity tool belt.
- Digital file organization structures
- Search-based digital file organization
- Examples of file organizing structures
- Best practices for easy file access
- Naming your files for easy searching
- Avoiding duplicates in docs and sheets
- Auto uploads and backups
- Organizing shared files
- Finding lost files
- Restoring deleted files