This blog post was written and published by our Summer 2017 Intern, Mallory Corbin, a student at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
If there has ever been an application or program that you absolutely need to use, regardless of who you are or what you do, it is Google Drive. Google Drive is a cloud-based storage system connected to your Google account that acts as a home base for all of your Google apps; including Sheets, Docs, Photos, Forms, and Slides, among many others.
Through Google Drive you can:
- Store documents, photos, and other files in a number of formats such as Docx, JPG, PDF, and many more.
- Share your files with friends, family, and coworkers.
- Easily collaborate with others and edit files as a group from separate computers.
- Create and organize folders to store your documents.
- Use any device with an internet connection. Yes, even your cell phone through the Google Drive app that is available on most devices. As long as you can log into Google, you can access your files.
Google Drive supplies free and easy to use versions of office software for all of your needs.
Google Docs is a classic word editing program that is easy to maneuver, even easier I would argue than its counterpart Microsoft Word.
Google Sheets is a spreadsheets program that can be used to organize and record data. This program is much more user-friendly than most other spreadsheets programs I have experienced.
Google Slides, which is very similar to Microsoft PowerPoint, creates easily designable presentations. You can either start from a blank slate or use one of their many predesigned presentation options with beautiful color schemes and fonts.
Google Forms can be used to quickly gather responses from clients, friends, and family. Anything from a survey to a party invitation can be created using Google Forms.
Google Photos stores your uploaded photos on a cloud in order to optimize space on all of your devices. This is ideal for conserving all of those photos you’ve got stuffed in that box in your basement – or is that just me?
Everything you could possibly need at home or at work is kept together using Drive. It can be as organized or as cluttered as you’d like. I for one am guilty of using excessive folders, and folders within folders, as well as of color-coding.
A newly added “Quick Access” feature makes it easy to find files you’ve recently worked on, so you won’t have to go digging through your folders to find them.
Google Drive saves space on all of your devices by making all of your files and programs cloud based. This ultimately helps your computer run faster and saves you from the ever-impending and terrifying day when your computer crashes and you lose all of your files!