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Introduction to Google Drive

Google Drive . . .

  • Is a component of Google's suite of office productivity tools called, G Suite
  • Offers apps that provide functionality similar to Microsoft Office's Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Includes collaboration features for native Google file types (Docs, Sheets, Presentations) such as real-time multi-user access and revision tracking.
  • Integrates with synchronization tools for maintaining local, offline copies of files stored on Google Drive.

Note that Google Drive is . . .

 

 

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To launch Google Drive, type www.lehigh.edu/google in any Web browser. Click on the Docs/Drive link. You will be prompted to enter your Lehigh network credentials. Note that Google Chrome is the preferred browser, in order to enjoy Google Drive's full functionality.

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Google Drive Log In
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Or, if you are already logged in Google Apps (e.g., email or calendar) select Drive from the Google App Launcher.

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Google App Launcher
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The Google Drive main screen is comprised of four sections: A Search bar lets you search for any file or folder to which you have access. B Drive menu lets you select the container you wish to view. C View menu shows you the contents of the Drive container that you selected. D Drive format menu, including View options (list or grid), sort, and other settings.

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Main Menu
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When a file or folder is selected, the icon menu is expanded: 1 Create a link that can be used in an email or web page. 2 Provide access rights to the file to other users. 3 Open the file or folder in Google Viewer. 4 Remove the file or folder. 5 More actions, which offers additional options.

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File/Folder Options
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The More actions folder. Visit Create a Google Drive file to create your own Google Drive data.

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More actions

For additional help, please contact the LTS Help Desk at 610-758-4357 or helpdesk@lehigh.edu