GOOGLE DRIVE FOR DESKTOP APPS
Google Drive allows for access to files from any device and location that has Internet access. It is much more effective and reliable than the network drives that teachers were using in the past, which is why I’ve been encouraging teachers to gradually move all their documents from the network drive folder (your “P: drive”) into Google Drive.
Several tools and recent updates make it even simpler to work with Google Drive together with the applications installed on your computer.
Here’s a video walk-through of the install procedure, if you prefer to watch (jump to the 11:27 mark in the video).
To install the Google Drive desktop client:
When you open Windows File Explorer, you should see a new folder called Google Drive. Once everything is completely synced, it will be a duplicate of the files and folders that you see when you go to http://drive.google.com in your web browser.
Any files you move into or edit or delete from this folder will be updated in the cloud, so this provides an easy way to work with files in Google Drive using the more familiar Windows Explorer interface.
Clicking on Google Docs files in the Drive folder will open up the appropriate Google App in a browser tab, while native Windows application files will open on your computer in the original program.
Google recently released a plug-in that allows you to open and save files to Google Drive directly from within Microsoft Office programs. Visit the following link for how to set this up: