Look for Google Drive File Stream in your Mac’s top menu bar. It’s a white triangle inside a dark square. If it’s there, skip to Accessing Files below.
Configuring Google Drive File Stream the first time
Google Drive File Stream may already be installed on your computer. Click Launchpad (rocket icon) and look for Google Drive File Stream. Or click the Finder desktop, click the Go menu at the top of the screen and choose Applications. The app must include the words File Stream. If you found it, open and skip to 3 below.
Accessing files in your Google Drive
|Google Docs||Text documents||Proposals, reports, shared meeting notes|
|Google Sheets||Spreadsheets||Project plans, budget sheets|
|Google Slides||Presentations||Pitch decks, training modules, team presentations|
|Google Forms||Surveys||Customer satisfaction surveys, group polls|
|Google Drawings||Shapes, charts, and diagrams||Flowcharts, organizational charts, website wireframes, mind maps|
|Google Sites||Websites||Team sites, project sites, resume sites|
Note: When you move a shared file to My Drive, it only moves the file in your view, not in anyone else’s.
Browser or device
|Browser or device||Requirements||How to access|
|Web browser (any device)||Install any web browser.||Go to drive.google.com.|
|Computer||Install Drive File Stream from the Drive Help Center.||Click Drive File Stream drive_file_stream and then Open Google Drive folder_mydrive.|
|Mobile devices||Install the Drive app from the Play Store (Android) or App Store (iOS®).||Open the Drive app on your device.|
Make a copy—Create a duplicate of your document.
Download as—Download your document in other formats, such as Word or PDF.
Version history—See all the changes you and others have made to the document or revert to earlier versions.
Publish to the web—Publish a copy of your document as a webpage, or embed your document in a website.
Image—Insert an image from your computer, the web, Drive, and more.
Table—Select the number of columns and rows to create a table.
Drawing—Create pictures, flowcharts, diagrams, and more.
Link—Add a link to a webpage or a header or bookmark in your document.
Bookmark—Add shortcuts to specific places within your document.
Table of contents—Create an autogenerated table of contents that links to each heading (where you’ve applied heading styles).
|Share or unshare||Edit content directly||Suggest edits||Add comments|