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Instant Google Drive Starter

Book Description

Use Google Drive to safely store and access your files online in the cloud using your web browser, phone, or tablet

  • Learn something new in an Instant! A short, fast, focused guide delivering immediate results.

  • Use Google Drive to safely store, organize, and access your files from anywhere with your computer, phone, or tablet

  • Upload files and folders from your hard drive into Google Drive

  • Get stuff done in the cloud by sharing files, collaborating with others, and using add-on apps for Google Drive

In Detail

In recent years, we’ve enjoyed being able to do more and more online and in the cloud. Google Drive brings the power and convenience of working online for you and your files. With Google Drive, you can create and store your files safely in the cloud, share them if desired, and access them from anywhere using a web browser, smartphone, or tablet computer.

"Instant Google Drive Starter" is your companion to getting started with the world of cloud computing and working with your files online. With clear visuals and step-by-step examples, this book shows you how to use Google Drive from start to finish. From creating documents and files in Google Drive to sharing them with others and accessing them anywhere using your web browser, phone, or tablet computer – you’ll be working in the cloud.

This book starts with the very basics of cloud computing, providing clear examples for ways you can use Google Drive to work with your files in the cloud, and the benefits of doing so. It will take you step-by-step through all the aspects of using Google Drive to get you quickly working with your files online, accessing them from anywhere using a web browser, smartphone, or tablet computer.

You’ll learn how to use Google Drive to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, and also how you can upload folders and files from your hard drive into Google Drive using your web browser. Once your files are in Google Drive, this book will show you all the things you can do with them: edit them online from anywhere (including your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet), and even share them with others if desired. This book will also show you how to use the Google Drive sync program to back up your files to the cloud and keep them automatically in sync between your computer’s hard drive and Google Drive.

You will learn everything you need to know to create and store your files safely in the cloud with Google Drive, share them with others if desired, and access them from anywhere using a web browser, smartphone, or tablet computer.

Table of Contents

  1. Instant Google Drive Starter
    1. Instant Google Drive Starter
    2. Credits
    3. About the author
    4. About the reviewers
    5. www.packtpub.com
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    7. 1. Instant Google Drive Starter
      1. So, what is Google Drive?
        1. What can you do with Google Drive?
        2. First steps for using Google Drive
      2. The Google Drive user interface
        1. 1 – Files list
        2. 2 – Toolbars
        3. 3 – Context menu
        4. 4 – Navigation panel
        5. 5 – Preview panel
        6. 6 – Search bar
        7. 7 – Create and upload buttons
      3. Quick start – creating content in Google Drive
        1. Creating new documents with the built-in applications
        2. Creating a document
          1. Working with your new document
          2. Saving your data with the built-in applications
          3. Collaborating with others on your document
        3. Working with your new document in Google Drive
        4. Uploading files from your computer
          1. Example – uploading individual files
          2. The upload progress window
          3. Uploading files using drag-and-drop
          4. The upload settings menu
          5. Uploading folders
            1. Enabling folder upload with Firefox or Internet Explorer
          6. Managing your storage in Google Drive
            1. Viewing files that are taking up the most space
        5. Uploading files with the Google Drive sync program
      4. Top 7 features you need to know about
        1. 1 – Working with files and folders
          1. Opening and downloading files
          2. Previewing files
          3. Creating a new folder
          4. Moving a file into a folder
          5. Deleting files
            1. The Trash
            2. Deleting shared files
        2. 2 – Searching for files
          1. Searching with keywords
          2. Searching with filters
          3. Combination searches
          4. Searching by people
        3. 3 – Sharing files with other people
          1. The Sharing settings screen
            1. The sharing recipient list
            2. Sharing access levels (permissions)
            3. Visibility options
          2. Example – sharing a file
            1. Sharing a folder
            2. Files other people share with you
        4. 4 – Updating your settings
        5. 5 – Using third-party add-on applications
          1. What can you do with Drive Apps?
          2. Installing Drive Apps
            1. Choosing to use an application by default
          3. Using Drive Apps
            1. Creating a new file with a Drive App
            2. Opening an existing file with a Drive App
            3. Security permissions
          4. Managing your installed Drive Apps
            1. Drive App options
            2. Uninstalling a Drive App
        6. 6 – Using the Google Drive sync program
          1. Sync examples
          2. File syncing basics
          3. Downloading and installing Google Drive
          4. Working with the Google Drive sync program
          5. Choosing which folders to sync
        7. 7 – Using Google Drive on your phone or tablet
          1. Installing the Google Drive app for Android
          2. Installing the Google Drive App for iPhone or iPad
          3. Using the Mobile App
            1. Navigation panel
            2. Files list
            3. Preview panel
            4. Actions menu
            5. Create menu
            6. Searching for files
          4. Access your files and create new ones, wherever you are!
      5. People and places you should get to know
        1. Official sites for Google Drive
        2. Articles and tutorials
        3. Community
        4. Blogs