Starting to use Google Drive at
You can continue to use Google Drive by
itself or you can choose to download the Google Drive
desktop client to sync files between your computer and
Using Google Drive without
downloading the desktop client
Log in to Google Apps at UD as you
usually would. Select Drive from the square Google Apps grid
next to your name at the top of
- You'll see your documents
listed on a Google Drive page that looks like the following:
- Click the triangle
next to My Drive to see a list of your folders.
- Click Shared with me to see a list of the folders
and files others have shared with you. You can choose to see those items
listed on your My Drive display by dragging them to
You can also use the Google search bar to
search (by name) for a file or folder. The search results will include
items visible from both the My Drive and Shared
with me listings.
- Finally, you have the option to
follow the link to Download Google Drive (the Drive
desktop client software) to your computer.
If you choose not to
download the Google Drive desktop software, you can still use Google Drive
in Google Apps at UD: you can create and share documents; however, without
the desktop software, you will not be able to sync files between your
computer and Google Drive within Google Apps at UD.
Downloading the Google Drive
The Google Drive desktop client gives you the ability to put
files into a folder that is automatically synced with the Google "Cloud"
To download the client, click
Download Google Drive on the main Google Drive menu.
In the next pop-up window, review the Google Terms of
Service, then click Accept and Install or Agree
Follow the directions
displayed on your screen to download the client software.
The screenshot below displays the message displayed in Firefox for
The screenshot below displays the message displayed in
Firefox for the Macintosh and the associated download pop-up window.
the Google Drive software on your computer (Applications folder on a
Macintosh; Programs menu on a Windows computer) and double-click its icon
to open the software.
Next, you'll see a page inviting you
to sign in to Google Drive. Type your complete UD email address
(firstname.lastname@example.org). Do not provide your password. This page is a
standard Google.com screen that you pass through on your way to Google
Apps at UD. Click Sign in to be taken to the Google Apps
at UD login screen.
Log in at the Google Apps at UD login page using your UDelNet ID
- When you see the Welcome to Google
Drive! pop-up window, select Next.
When you see the
Google Drive on the web pop-up window, click
Start sync to download a copy of the files you have
stored in Google Drive at Google Apps at UD.
Depending on how many files you have stored in Google Drive within
Google Apps at UD, downloading a copy of the files could take a few
seconds or a few minutes.
To sync files between your
computer and Google Drive within Google Apps at UD, move them into the
local Google Drive folder on your computer ("local").
topic: Using the Google Drive desktop