Lesson 19 – Getting Files with Google Drive

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Google Drive is about getting and organizing files. One of the problems we run into, is that we’re so accustomed to the “old way” that we see a new way of doing things, and it’s unfamiliar, so we assume it sucks.

In this video I am going to show you the various ways you can “get” files, and we’ll take a quick look at the mobile experience for Google Drive. This addresses the concern, again, about having multiple Google accounts.

The Paradox

We want newer and better ways of doing things, but then we want those newer and better ways to work exactly like the old way.

You can’t have it both ways.

If you want newer and better ways of doing things, then you have to be prepared for and open to learning something new.

Microsoft taught us that the way to manage files is to click File, then Save As.

Google shows us how to “Organize” files, and it’s in a different location. In fact, it is such an obvious, and frequent need, that it isn’t buried in any menus. It’s right there at the top of your document. Right alongside the filename, you have your star option, and then you have a folder icon. Click on that to organize your file.

You can also organize your Google Docs directly in Windows Explorer, or in your Finder on the Mac.

The best way to get flies (eg from a client) is to create a folder, specifically for them to upload to. That gives you a repository for “new files,” which you can then rename, and organize afterwards.

When you receive a file via e-mail, especially if you are using G Suite / Gmail, then use the “Save to Drive” option. This makes it easy to go in afterwards, and organize it where you want it.

The video here will give you a deep dive on how getting and organizing files works in Google Drive.


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