Friday, September 7, 2012

Google Documents to Google Drive

If you have a regular Google account, you may have already noticed that your Google docs link now is labeled Google Drive. With the renaming, comes new features! Basically, you can store any file you want in your Google Drive now. Uploads sound recordings, video, pictures, and even Photoshop files.

For a quick overview, you can see the video at http://drive.google.com.

However, that's just the tip of the iceberg. You can also set up a drive on your PC and it will automatically keep files in that drive synced online. Basically, that means you can work on your files in Word or whatever program at home and save them to your Google Drive. Then head to Cameron and in between your classes, you login to Google at https://docs.cameron.edu and your files are already there. No more keeping up with a thumb drive.

Login to your Cameron gmail account, then follow the link at http://drive.google.com and click on the link to try it out. To begin with, your Google docs interface will be renamed to Google Drive. However, you'll also have a link to "Download Google Drive" on the bottom left of your menu.

On your home PC
Click on the link. You will be prompted to Accept and Install Google Drive. Google Drive Installer will run for about a minute before saying "Thanks for installing Google Drive" and you can click Close.

Once you have Google Drive installed on your computer, you will have a My Drive folder inside of your My Documents folder. Any files that you want to keep synced, just save them to this folder. When you first install Google Drive it will sync up any files you had in Google Docs. From this point on, files will exist both on your PC and in the cloud and Google will keep them synced.