In this video, staff author Jess Stratton takes you on a tour of the Google Drive web interface so you'll know how to use it for the duration of the course.
- [Instructor] Now that we have an empty Google Drive waiting to be populated with our files, let's go over the interface so you'll know what to expect during the rest of this course. If you've just started out with a brand new empty Google Drive, you may have a document from Google in there to get started with Drive. At the top center of your screen is the search bar, to search for your files that are stored in Google Drive. All the way to the right-hand side of the screen is how to access your main Google information. You can click on your avatar icon, or if you don't have one, click the down triangle, and from here, you can access your Google Privacy settings, click on your account, which is global across your Google products.
You can also add a new account here, and sign out of Google Drive. To the left of that are any notifications you have. That is, if files have been shared with you. You can also access every other Google product by clicking the thumbnail grid icon next to the avatar icon. Below that is the main context bar for Google Drive. You can click on My Drive, and here's where you can create new folders, upload files, and create new Google docs this way. If you have a file selected, like I'm about to do right now, a context menu will appear at the top of the screen.
Here's actions that you can perform on that file, such as removing it, sharing it with other people, and you can even click on the three dots to do more with that file. Further to the right is where you can change the view, and how it's displayed. You can alternate between grid view and list view. You can also change the sort order of your files. You can also toggle on and off the Details pane. This will tell you all the details about a file, and any activity related to that file. You can remove this pane by clicking the X.
Clicking the gear icon on the top right-hand side of the screen will allow you to access Google Drive Settings. You can also download the desktop app for Google Drive, find some neat keyboard shortcuts you can use, and access the Help file. Let's move to the bottom left-hand side of the screen. At the very bottom of the screen is another place for you to access the desktop app. Right now it says Get Drive for PC, but it will auto-detect if you're on a Mac. You can also see how much storage space you have used. You can also buy more if needed.
Above that is the left navigation bar. This is where you can see the contents of your drive, and you can expand it by clicking the blue triangle next to My Drive. Right now, I don't have any folders, but we'll be creating those over the course. You can see files that have been shared with you by others, files you've accessed recently, files that you starred, that you've put in the Trash, and any backups that you have from an Android phone. We'll be going over all of this. You can also click the blue New button. This is how you can create more Google docs and folders.
In the middle of the screen is the main Google Drive area. This contains your actual data. You can also right or secondary-click on any file to open it, preview it, share it, move it, download it to your computer, and more. Up next, let's talk about the Google Docs file types that you can store in Google Drive.
- Accessing Google Drive
- Navigating the web interface
- Uploading files via the web
- Converting files to Google Doc format
- Deleting and recovering files
- Purchasing more storage space for your files
- Organizing and searching Google Drive
- Using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
- Creating drawings
- Using Google Docs to collaborate with others
- Using Google Drive on a mobile device