Tips on how to improve your work with Google Drive

Today there’re dozens of different cloud services and a user can easily choose any that suits his or her purposes. But there’re some really popular ones among cloud services, like Dropbox, SkyDrive, and, surely, Google Drive.

Google provides you with free cloud storage as long as you have Google account, and basic capacity is enough for general purposes. If you need more space to use, feel free to pay for it. Among the most obvious advantages of Google service are 5Gb of free disk space, document editing via web browsers.

In this article I’d like to share some advice on how to improve your Google Drive experience.

Attach Google Drive files to your Gmail letters

Attach Google Drive files to your Gmail letters

As I have already mentioned, Google Drive is connected with your Google account, and having an account means that you have Gmail as well. Thus you may easily attach any file from the cloud storage to your Gmail. What is important, these files aren’t uploaded so you don’t have to wait for them to be attached. Another useful feature is the absence of limit for the file size, because a user gets a direct link for download.

Photo sharing on Google+

Photo sharing on Google

As your GD account is also connected with your Google+ account, you can easily share the photos in the cloud storage via social network. To do that just click on “Add photos” and select “From Google Drive”.

Saving images to GD

Saving images to GD

If you want to save images, photos, documents, video, etc. to your Google Drive account, then you need to install a Chrome plugin called Save to Google Drive. This extension will enable you to save anything from the web by right clicking and choosing an appropriate option.

Online editing of your GD images

Pixlr Editor plugin installed in your Chrome browser will help you to edit images directly from Google Drive. Just right-click on the image and go ahead editing.

The plugin provides with a number of options which are enough for basic editing. If you want to add some Instagram style to your photo, then install Pixlr Express extension on your Chrome. It will provide you with different filters, fonts, frames, and tilt shift effects.

Revision history

If you have accidentally deleted a file from your Google Drive, it’s still available for recovery for 30 days. After that the file is removed completely. If you deal with single files, you see the recent changes done to a file and restore previous versions. What you need to do is to open file from Google Drive web site and press Ctrl+Alt+G. On your right you’ll see a panel where all recent changes will be shown.

And finally, don’t forget that there’re a lot of Chrome plugins and add-ons that are compatible with Google Drive. Check Chrome Web Store to look them through.

About the Author: Eugene Rudenko

Eugene Rudenko is a copywriter for IT company Intellectsoft http://www.intellectsoft.co.uk/. Intellectsoft is a world-known enterprise software applications developer and is a preferred Apple (UK) supplier.