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Differences at a glance

In the past, you might’ve used the C:\ Drive on your Microsoft® Windows® computer to store your files. Now that you have access to Google Drive, here are some tips to begin using it as your new cloud storage solution.

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Feature

In C:\ Drive

drive In Drive

Feature

Sync files

In C:\ Drive

No sync

You can only access files stored in your computer’s hard drive from your computer.

drive In Drive

Bidirectional for all devices

When you change or delete a file stored in one device, Drive immediately makes the same change everywhere else, so you don’t have to.

Feature

Set sharing access

In C:\ Drive

Find the files in your hard drive and share them by emailing it to people or putting them on a USB.

drive In Drive

4 sharing access levels

  • Can view (view-only access)
  • Can comment
  • Can edit (full edit access)
  • Is owner (transfer ownership)

Feature

Control sharing visibility

In C:\ Drive

No way to control visibility

Everything on your hard drive is private.

drive In Drive

5 ways to control visibility

  • Specific people or Google Groups
  • Anyone with the link
  • Anyone in your domain with the link
  • Your domain (searchable in your domain)
  • Public on the web (searchable on the web)

Feature

Advanced search

In C:\ Drive

You can perform a basic text-based search of the files in your hard drive.

drive In Drive

  • File type
  • Ownership
  • Opens with
  • Domain-only
  • Date modified
  • Contains words
  • Shared with

Feature

Sort

In C:\ Drive

Available sorting options on your computer.

drive In Drive

  • Name
  • Last modified (date)
  • Last edited by me (date)
  • Last opened by me (date)

Feature

Delete a file

In C:\ Drive

Deleted

  • Moved to Recycle Bin but still counts in storage quota
  • Kept indefinitely in Recycle Bin unless you permanently delete it

drive In Drive

Automatically “Removed” on all devices

  • Moved to Trash folder but still counts in storage quota
  • Kept indefinitely in Trash folder unless you permanently delete it
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Store your files

After you store your files in Drive, you can reach them on any computer, smartphone, or tablet. When you change or delete a file stored in one device, Drive immediately makes the same change everywhere else, so you don’t have to.

2.1

In C:\ Drive

drive In Drive

On a desktop sync client

In C:\ Drive

Drag files into folders in the C:\ Drive on your computer.

drive In Drive

Drag files and folders to the Drive folder on your computer. drive 21

On the web

In C:\ Drive

None

drive In Drive

At drive.google.com, click New to upload files and folders from your computer. drive 22

On your mobile devices

In C:\ Drive

None

drive In Drive

Install the Drive app, and open and share any file. drive 23

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Work with files

Your most important features exist in Drive, too, along with several additional benefits.

3.1

Click NEW to...

a Upload any files (such as PDFs, videos, and pictures) and folders from your computer.

b Create new documents right in your browser.

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Editor

Description

Example uses

Editor

docs Google Docs

Description

Text documents

Example uses

Proposals, reports, shared meeting notes

Editor

sheets Google Sheets

Description

Spreadsheets

Example uses

Project plans, budget sheets

Editor

slides Google Slides

Description

Presentations

Example uses

Pitch decks, training modules, team presentations

Editor

forms Google Forms

Description

Surveys

Example uses

Customer satisfaction surveys, group polls

Editor

drawings Google Drawings

Description

Shapes, charts, and diagrams

Example uses

Flowcharts, organizational charts, website wireframes, mind maps

Editor

sites Google Sites

Description

Websites

Example uses

Team sites, project sites, resume sites

3.2

Work with files you've stored in Drive.

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3.3

Share your files and folders by clicking Share , then choose what collaborators can do. They'll also receive an email notification.

Delete files and folders

Add and remove files and folders

Share or unshare files and folders

Edit Docs files

Comment or suggest edits in files

View files and folders

Can edit

Delete files and folders

Add and remove files and folders

Share or unshare files and folders

Edit Docs files

Comment or suggest edits in files

View files and folders

Can comment

Delete files and folders

Add and remove files and folders

Share or unshare files and folders

Edit Docs files

Comment or suggest edits in files

View files and folders

Can view

Delete files and folders

Add and remove files and folders

Share or unshare files and folders

Edit Docs files

Comment or suggest edits in files

View files and folders

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Do more with Drive

4.1

Edit Microsoft® Office® files on any device, without installing Office. Learn more.

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4.2

Want to send really large attachments? Insert Drive files up to 30 GB (or 30TB with a storage plan). Learn more.

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4.3

Scan documents as PDFs on your mobile device and save them directly to Drive. Learn more.

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4.4

Search for words within images and PDF documents. Learn more.

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