Google Drive Launches widgets for Android tablets last week. Google Drive new Material You widget has a circular appearance.
Google is improving “Drive fast actions” with shortcuts for Docs, Sheets, and Slides. This replaces the + icon that opened the bottom creation sheet.
This shortcut opens Drive, searches, uploads, and launches the camera. Everything is 32 by default.
Taller Google Drive widgets resemble rotary dials. This is a new form for Material You widgets, with the previous distinctive design being an x-shape (or flower petal) (or flower petal). It’s eye-catching, but only for programmed with many shortcuts.
Google Drive version 2.22.357.1 for tablets has a new circular widget layout. Android phones lack this new look.
Since last week, Google has also put out the redesigned Keep widget that shifts from a sidebar to bottom bar. Dual-pane views aren’t widespread yet.
Google also adds multi-instance functionality to Android Docs, Sheets, and Slides. This enables you open two windows side-by-side and will debut soon. Google Drive has a similar feature.
Google Drive’s search criteria are changed for Workspace.
The Verge reports that Google Drive’s “search chips” are going out to Workspace users. The new beta feature lets you filter searches by file type, modification date, location, and more.
Thankfully, using the new function is simple. Normal searches include six dropdown chips: Location, File Type, People, Last Modified, Title Only, and To do. Clicking on one will narrow your search results by a person or date (Today, Last 7 days, Last 30 days, etc.).
Google Drive already had a mechanism to filter files, but it was hidden under a sub-menu on the search bar’s right icon. Search chips are a (appreciated) UI enhancement, not a new function.
Google Drive is a sophisticated data-storage and organisation tool. Free for anybody with a Google account (at least to start). Drive’s cloud storage offers advantages over storing files on your phone or PC. Drive works on almost any device with an internet connection, making it easy to use anywhere.
If you’re new to Drive, you need know certain essentials before transferring your files. Here’s a brief summary of Google’s cloud storage service.
Google Drive users receive 15GB free. Google Photos data counts towards that limit. If you’re backing up your photos, you may not have much capacity for papers and data. Google One costs $1.99 a month (or $20 a year) for 100GB of storage and $9.99 for 2TB (or $100 a year).
100GB is adequate for most users to store files, documents, and images. If you wish to use Drive to backup all your data, choose a larger subscription. Even while the basic $20 a year plan is affordable, there are methods to gain temporary free storage. New Chromebook buyers will get 100GB of free Drive space for a year, while Google One newbies may get a free one-month trial.
Before uploading files, find out how much storage you need and how much that will cost.
Organization, uploading, and support
Once you know how much storage you need, you may upload files to Drive. To upload local files or data, press New and choose File or Folder. Drag files into your Drive browser window on a computer. Drive supports.JPGs,.PNGs,.GIFs,.MP3s, and more. Google’s Help Center lists all supported file formats.
After uploading your files, you may handle them as you would locally. You may nest folders and drag files. You may search for a file or folder by entering in the search box, but if you have a lot of files in Drive, it may take a while (particularly if your internet is slow). Creating a generic directory of files for critical projects or data sets on day one can save you time and problems later.
On PC, you may create new Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc. directly in Drive. On mobile, you must install Drive and the productivity software separately. Because they’re different programmes that operate together.
Save Docs templates for numerous projects on Google Drive to organise your work. This lets you construct scripts or forms without starting from scratch. Bibliography templates can save students time when citing sources for a research paper.
Instead of specific applications, share a Google Sheet with housemates to calculate utilities and other shared expenditures. Students have found that when schools prohibit or restrict texting applications, they may still converse using Google Docs. Invite folks to a blank doc and utilise real-time collaboration to speak and answer. You may then delete or save the document.
Google Drive’s collaboration tools are among its most powerful features. Simply click the share button and input the recipient’s email to send a file. Drive can produce a link to text, social media, or your messaging app. Once someone has access, you may modify the file in real-time.
Know who you’re sharing files with and how they’re utilising them. If you need help with an essay, it may be good to offer a teacher or mentor editing permission, but not if you’re sharing an ebook with a buddy. Drive has three access levels: spectator, commentator, and editor. If something goes wrong, you may open the File menu and pick Version history to examine a previous Google Doc, Sheet, or Slide.
Viewers can only view, not edit, the document. Using Google’s Comment function, commenters may examine and ask questions about material, while editors can make changes.
Google Drive’s Shared with me page shows you recently sent files. If you have a Google Workspace account for school or work, click the squiggly symbol to see the Activity Dashboard. (On a PC, it’s above the blue Share icon.) Type “to:” into Drive’s search box to discover which files you’ve shared.
Google Drive is meant primarily as a tool to manage cloud-based documents and files, but it also supports offline access. Before utilising Drive offline, you must perform certain procedures.
Before going offline, you must first alter your Drive’s settings online. On a computer, select the gear icon in the upper right corner of Google Drive, then Settings, and then Offline. On mobile, launch the Drive app, pick a file, and enable offline access from the More icon (three vertical dots). After that, you may modify and save changes. When your device connects to the internet again, it will sync any offline modifications to the cloud-based file. On a Chromebook, visit Google Drive settings, scroll down, and select Offline.