Using Google Drive

Post date: Mar 14, 2014 11:32:46 AM

Google Drive and It's Advantages


Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service provided by Google, released on April 24, 2012, which enables user cloud storage, file sharing and collaborative editing. Rumors about Google Drive began circulating as early as March 2006. Files shared publicly on Google Drive can be searched with web search engines.

Google Drive is the home of Google Docs, an office suite of productivity applications, that offer collaborative editing on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more.

Google Drive offers all users an initial 15 GB (originally 5 GB) of online storage space, usable across three of its most-used services: Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos (aka Picasa Web Albums).


How to go with using Google Drive?

1. First of all you need to have a google mail id since google drive is a feature available in your gmail account.

2.Sign into the Google Drive website with your Google account. If you don’t have a Google account, you can create one for free. Google Drive will allow you to store your files in the cloud, as well as create documents and forms through the Google Drive web interface.

3. After having signed in, you will see a Google Drive icon inside the Google Apps Panel at the top-right corner of your gmail page.

4. Now you have Google Drive Control Panel to upload files and folders into your email's Google drive.

5. The above Google Drive is Installed online in your mail account but not in your computer. If you want a copy of the drive

in your computer so that you can upload/save documents Offline, then you may proceed with the

steps below:

Click at 'Install Drive for your computer' as shown in thid image. By doing so you will see the download activity happening as shown at bottom of this image -------->

6. Once the download is completed, then click at this download package name :

googledrivesync.exe file which will then triggers the download & Installation of main Application package file. Wait for the installation shown below, to complete with patience.

7. When the installation is completed, you will see an Icon 'Google Drive' on your desktop. If you are using Windows 8 OS, you may need to navigate to Programs lists and pin the Google Drive icon to Taskbar or Navigate through Computer folder and create a shortcut icon on the desktop.

8. Now there will be a local Google Drive folder created in your computer in which you can keep files/folder. When the internet is available the files/folder gets uploaded themselves to your gmail online drive (this is called Synchronizing) the two drives - Local and Global unattended. This is the main advantage of Google drive along with 15Gb free storage online.

Thank you for your patience and interests in using Google features.