Let's be real, we don't really give Google Drive much thought. It's just a place to store our Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides right?
Well...yea that's basically it.
BUT, there are a few things you can do to use this app more effectively 👇🏻
Let’s say you are asked to take notes and share the meeting minutes using a shared Google Drive folder:
This allows you to keep the original document in your own drive AND the new changes made by your teammates will still reflect in the original file. Also, if the shortcut gets deleted, the original document remains untouched!
To search directly from your browser’s address bar:
To enable this in settings:
Use this to quickly identify the right file if you have multiple ones with the exact same name! Instead of using the search bar:
Now you don’t have to open up multiple docs to find the right one!
This tip is for those who have the memory of a literal goldfish. Yes, I’m talking to you.
As long as you remember the format (PDF, Google Sheet, Google Slides) and who shared it with you:
Let’s say you want to pull the text from a PDF or image:
Now you can freely edit the text from the image as you please!
To enable this feature:
Now you can work on docs even when you don’t have access to wifi!
To rename a folder or file:
Move between your items and navigation panel without using your mouse:
To view the full cheatsheet of keyboard shortcuts:
The next 2 tips are for the Google Drive app on your smartphone.
To change the default app used to open links and files from your phone:
If you end up starring everything but never use them…that defeats the purpose of starring them in the first place.
For example, I only have my Youtube videos folder starred for quick access to my video thumbnails and my workout routine tracker to record the weights that I’m using.
How about 12 Google Slides tips for productivity!