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Google Drive and Hangouts: Google Drive

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Gmail icon      All SRC students automatically have a Google account because student email accounts are actually Gmail accounts. This allows students to access all of the available Google apps. One of those apps is called Drive and it’s a highly useful tool. 

Click here for instructions about setting up your SRC Gmail account. 

Google Drive

What is Google Drive? 

It’s a program that allows you to create and store documents in the cloud for free (up to 15 GB). With an Internet connection, you can access your documents and files from any computer. Additionally, individuals can work on a shared document together in real time.

What is “The Cloud”?

The Cloud is nothing new – it’s been around for decades. Someone just finally came up with a catchy name for it. It refers to things stored online (instead of on your computer.) If you save a file on your computer, you can only access it from your computer (unless you emailed it to yourself or saved it on a flash drive.) However, if you upload a file to Google Drive you can access it from any computer in the world.

Why should I use Google Drive?

• Access files from anywhere (any computer on an SRC campus, from home, or from your smartphone)

• Never email yourself a file again (and never worry about losing your jump/flash drive)

Saving a document that you created or opened in Drive

There is NO save button! Google Drive automatically saves every few seconds so you never have to worry about losing any information.

How to open your Google Drive

• From your Gmail account - in the upper right hand corner of the screen click on the Google Apps icon.

• Choose Google Drive from the drop down box.

How to create files in Google Drive

• From Google Drive - on the left hand side of the page click on the red box labeled New.

• Choose Folder to create a new folder as a place to store files for your classes, e.g. Biology 101.

• Choose which type of file you want to create. Google Docs is comparable to MS Word, Google Sheets to Excel, and Google Slides to    PowerPoint. 

Here is a in-depth PDF file on creating a document using Google Docs. 


More information on Google Drive here.

This link has more information on uploading files and folders.