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Bethel University Library

Google Drive: Getting Started

Learn how to create documents, spreadsheets, forms, presentations, and drawings that you can collaborate on with group members.

What is Google Drive?

Google Drive lets you store and access your files anywhere -- on the web, on your hard drive, or on the go.

Your files are always waiting for you at, but you can also get them straight from your computer, smartphone, and tablet.

Google Drive lets you choose exactly who – friends, family, colleagues – gets your files. You don’t need email attachments anymore.

Parts of the Drive

Google Drive contains the following functions:

  • document to create a letter or paper
  • presentation to make a slide show
  • spreadsheet to work with numbers or items in a grid for calculation
  • form to make a questionnaire
  • drawing to create a free form drawing using specialized tools

Each tab in this guide will explain the feature and how to use it.

How Many? Limits in Google Drive

200 people can share a doc., file, or folder.

50 people at the same time can edit or view a doc, spreadsheet, presentation, or drawing. More than 50 can view but not edit.

Need even more?

Choose "public" visibility or share the doc or file with a mailing list not individuals.

Where is Drive?

In Google mail, on the right side, is a square with 9 squares inside. Click on it and you will get many choices, including Drive:

Create in Drive

When you open Drive, you will see a box on the left:

From Create you can choose what you want to do:

  • document
  • presentation
  • spreadsheet
  • forms
  • drawing

Google Docs in Plain English

Great overview of the system itself. Google Docs is now called Drive.

Subject Guide

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