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Using Google Drive at WFU

Modified on: Tue, Jan 16, 2024 12:03 PM

Get access to files anywhere through secure cloud storage and file backup with Google Drive. Google Drive is an excellent option for everything from document storage to data backup. You can use any and all of the following features to access your Google Files.

Shared Drives

Google Shared Drives are shared spaces where teams can easily store, search, and access their files anywhere, from any device. Unlike files in My Drive, files in Shared Drives belong to the team instead of an individual. Even if members leave, the files stay exactly where they are so your team can continue to share information and get work done. Additional details on how to use Google Shared Drives can be found on the Google Drive Help Center.   

Google Drive for Desktop

Google Drive for Desktop is a desktop application that allows you to quickly access all of your Google Drive files on demand, directly from your computer, without losing drive space. With Google Drive for Desktop, your files are stored in the cloud instead of on your computer. Your WFU Google Drive is mounted on your computer like a mapped network drive. 

Any changes you make are automatically synced with the cloud for quick and easy access anywhere you have an internet connection. You can also make Drive files available for offline access. These files will sync back to the cloud the next time you get online so the latest version is available on all your devices. Watch this short video for more information on Google Drive for Desktop and then download Google Drive for Desktop at Software@WFU

Check Your Storage Usage

Curious to see what files are taking up the most storage in Google Drive? 

Easily check your storage usage by clicking on the Storage link on the left-hand side of the Google Drive window. You can then view your files in size order and choose to delete files no longer needed to decrease your Drive usage. Need help managing your Google Drive? Check out this knowledge article for tips and tricks.


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