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
By JR Raphael | InfoWorld | Published: 16:41, 08 October 2013
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 drive.google.com#sthash.jw53xbqX.dpuf, 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.)