Without technology, our lives would be very, very different. There’s only so much we can keep in our heads. The rest, we delegate to gadgets and apps. We’re always looking for new ways technology can help us increase productivity and streamline our processes.
You probably already know about Google Drive, but did you it’s so much more than just cloud storage? Google Drive is one of the best tools you can use to get and stay organized. The best part? It’s completely and totally free.
Here are 5 ways to get more out of Google Drive:
1. Collaborate with others
One of the best things about Google Drive is it’s ability to let you collaborate with others. If you have a document, you can easily share it with other members of your team. Multiple people can work in the document in real time, from anywhere, and all changes will be saved. You will also see a revision history on the document. It’s simple and efficient to use and all you have to do is send a link to your collaborators.
2. Add really large attachments to emails
Have any of your emails ever failed to send because the attachment was too large? We’ve all been there. Instead of trying to figure out how you can magically reduce your file size, you can use Google Drive instead. If you use Gmail, you can add a document directly from your drive to you email, without having to upload it. There’s also no size limit so you can send anything you want.
3. Edit images
Trying to use Photoshop might give you a big headache. Plus, it’s expensive. By saving your images to Google Drive you can install an extension to Google Chrome called Pixlr Editor so that you can easily edit these files. It’s not quite as robust at Photoshop but it’s much better than other programs, like Paint. It’s completely free and web-based so no downloads are required.
4. Create a presentation, spreadsheet, or even a survey
Google Drive can do basically anything Microsoft Office can do. You can create a presentation (comparable to Powerpoint) or a spreadsheet (like Excel). You can even create a form or survey and the responses you get will automatically be populated into a spreadsheet. Using Google Docs might even be better than Office if you’re always on the go. You can access it from anywhere you have an Internet connection, even on your phone. If needed, you can even export your Google Doc into an Microsoft Office format.
5. Save images directly to your drive
You can also save images directly into your Google Drive. See an image you like while you’re browsing the web? If you’re on Chrome, just right click on the image and hit ‘save to drive’. You can also transfer images on your phone or tablet to your Google Drive app. This eliminates having to connect your phone to your computer and then downloading them.
Hopefully these Google Drive tips will make your life a little easier!