Google Drive, previously known as Google Docs, is a free, online cloud storage solution by Google. Google Drive allows you to create and share documents, spreadsheets, presentations and drawings. It also allows you to store and sync files from your computer, to the “virtual” Google Drive in the cloud.
Looking for a free alternative to Microsoft Word?
As of early 2017, Google Drive offers users 15 GB of free storage, which should be more than enough for most users. If you plan on using Google Drive to store more data, such as photo and video backups, you can purchase more storage at very reasonable prices. If you own a company with multiple employees, check out Google Drive for Work.
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To start using Google Drive…
- First set up a free Google account
- Then, go to google.com to get started
- Google Drive works best with the Google Chrome web browser on laptops and desktops
- Install the Google Drive app on your iOS or Android phone or tablet to access your drive and docs.
What can you do with Google Drive?
- Create, edit and share Docs, Sheets and Slides – these are very similar to Microsoft Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentation slides
- Create forms to collect survey responses, registration information, simple database information and more
- Create drawings to lay out diagrams, flow charts and more
- Store any file – photos, documents, presentations, PDFs, audio files, videos – anything
- Access your files anywhere through your phone, tablet or computer
- Collaborate with others on documents instead of emailing attachments back and forth
- Easily search for any of your files using the powerful Google search engine
- Use one of the 100+ Google Drive apps in the Google Chrome store to extend the functionality of drive
- Store your photos in Google Drive and then edit them using Google Photos
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