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Tips and tools to make Google Drive more powerful and productive

Get the most out of Google Drive with these power users' tips and tricks

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Google Drive is a lot of things. It's a cloud-based storage service, it's an online office suite, and it's the connective tissue that ties numerous Google services together.
Don't be fooled, though, there's even more to Drive than meets the eye. With the right combination of tools, settings, and know-how, you can turn Drive into a lean, mean, productivity machine -- one that's jam-packed with time-saving functionality and fine-tuned to work for you. Here are 25 ways to crank up the power and send Google Drive into overdrive


1. Go offline

Google Drive may be cloud-based, but with a quick two-minute setup, you can view and edit your documents even without an active connection. The only requirement: You need to be using Google's Chrome browser. In Chrome, first install the official Drive app. Then, go to, click the "More" option in the left-hand menu, and select "Offline." Click the button to enable offline access for your computer, and -- ta-da! -- you're all set. It's worth noting that you'll need to enable offline access individually for every computer you use. (One exception: If you use a Chromebook, offline access is automatically activated by default.)

  • 1. Go offline
  • 2. Add Drive to your hard drive
  • 3. Crank up your sync
  • 4. Drag and drop files
  • 5. Insert images easily
  • 6. Search for links
  • 7. Keep track of changes
  • 8. Take some shortcuts
  • 9. Focus
  • 10. Get organised
  • 11. Start sharing
  • 12. Push the envelope
  • 13. Get a new view
  • 14. Consider conversion
  • 15. Don't get lost in translation
  • 16. Do your homework
  • 17. Turn Drive into a fax machine
  • 18. Let Drive sign on the dotted line
  • 19. Create documents quickly
  • 20. Simplify saving
  • 21. Search outside of Drive
  • 22. Tell Drive to collect data
  • 23. Turn Drive into a coding machine
  • 24. Shift your company's scheduling into Google Drive
  • 25. Turn Google Drive into a cross-platform cloud hub



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