Google Drive is a service provided by Google for storing files in the cloud, synchronizing them across devices and sharing them with others. The service allows collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets and presentations thanks to the office suite that includes Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. A convenient Google Drive Mac client allows mapping Google Drive as network drive to make it easier to access and manage its contents.
15 GB of storage space provided by Google Drive for free is shared across all Google services. Thus, attachments in your Gmail account, media files you store in Google Photos are counted too. To get more storage, one needs to get a monthly subscription.
Uploading files to Google Drive
Files uploaded on Google can be managed, organized and shared from any device you use for accessing them. Data syncing means that your data is always up to date.
MS Office documents and text-based files, e.g. in PDF format, uploaded on Google Drive can be edited, while music, videos and archived data cannot.
Google Drive allows previewing files, even if you do not have a required application installed on your computer, e.g. you can open a .psd file with no Photoshop on your machine.
Converting files to Google Drive formats
To be able to edit MS Office files and Google docs online, you need to convert them to Google Drive format first.
This is how you do it:
- Double-click the file you want to edit.
- A preview of the file will be displayed, on top of the screen choose ‘Open’.
- The file converted into Google document will open in a new tab.
- Google Drive will store both – the original file and the Google Doc version.
Google Drive can convert your files automatically when you upload them. Go to Google Drive Settings, check ‘Convert uploads’ box.
A warning – converted files might look quite different from the original files depending on the formatting used. Changes might be related not only to the way the documents look, but their content too, so make sure to check the file before sharing it with others.
Uploading files and folders
To upload a file to Google Drive Mac users, or any other users in fact, should do as follows:
- In Google Drive click ‘New’ button, then select ‘File upload’.
- Select the file to upload, click ‘Open’.
That’s it – once uploaded the file be displayed in Google Drive. It is possible to ‘drag-and-drop’ a file from your computer into Google Drive, if your browser and OS allow you to do so.
If you have Google Chrome installed, you can use it for uploading entire folders on Google Drive. This is what you need to do to upload a file:
- In Google Drive click ‘New’ button, then select ‘Folder upload’.
- Select the folder to upload and click ‘Open’.
The folder with the files it contains gets uploaded on Google Drive.
Google Drive Mac client
There is a special application that allows you to mount Google Drive on Mac to connect to Google Drive easily – CloudMounter. This piece of software can mount Google Drive on Mac or rather map Google Drive as network drive, so you can view and manage its contents as if it were stored locally. This app supports not only Google Drive mount, but other cloud storage services too, including Amazon S3, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc. It can also connect you to remote servers via FTP/ FTPS/ SFTP and WebDAV protocols, thus proving you a single point of access to all data you store online.
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