How to Master Google Drive
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How to Master Google Drive

Revolutionise how you store files, collaborate with colleagues and share documents. Sync files easily between devices.
4.5 (54 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,020 students enrolled
Created by Paul Barton
Last updated 9/2015
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Install Google Drive onto their PC or portable device.
  • Collaborate in real-time with other users on the same document.
  • Develop the ability to sync all of your documents across all of your devices.
  • Always access only the current version of a document or file from whichever device you wish to use.
  • Share documents with other people, either within your organisation or beyond.
  • Create a Google Account which gives access to the Google Apps suite of products.
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  • There is no previous knowledge required.
  • Only an Internet connection is required as all software is free and accessible via a web browser.

Google Drive has truly transformed how I create documents, store, access and share files and collaborate with colleagues. I would like to give you the opportunity to also dramatically improve how you interact with and manage your files and data. Access your files anywhere, at any time and with any internet connected device.

Share my expertise and over 20 years teaching experience to make you, and potentially your workplace, effectively utilise the cloud-based features integral to Google Drive's ongoing success.

Google Drive is a file storage and synchronisation service created by Google. It allows users to store files in "the cloud", share files, and edit documents, spreadsheets, presentations and the majority of other document formats.

This course is suitable for people from any profession as the skills developed are applicable on both a personal level as well as having tremendous potential in any workplace.

Students will:

  • Develop the ability to synchronise files between devices while always having that data also securely saved on the Google Drive servers. Always access the most recent version of a document.
  • Collaborate in real-time with colleagues on documents.
  • Share files with other parties setting restrictions and limits as to the access privileges of all groups who can access the file/s.
  • Remove the need to email documents as attachments, simply allow access to the document online.
This course will positively change how you interact with technology and the information you work with on a daily basis. You will save time, money and reduce your stress levels by working smarter rather than harder

I look forward to assisting you to develop an understanding of, and the ability to efficiently use Google Drive.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to share their files across multiple devices and always access the most up-to-date version of a file will love Google Drive.
  • This course is applicable to everyone and will benefit people in any occupation.
  • People who wish to work collaboratively and creatively with others.
  • People who wish to share their work easily with others.
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Curriculum For This Course
Welcome to Google Drive
1 Lecture 01:49

I tell you a little about my background and then outline the key areas that we will explore in the course.

Preview 01:49
Getting Ready
2 Lectures 02:43

If you don't already have one, we will learn how to create our own Google account.

Preview 01:39

Now that you have a Google account, this video will show you how to get into your Google Drive.

Preview 01:04
Google Drive Components
9 Lectures 14:50

We will explore the Main Menu options available to you as a user of Google Drive.

Preview 01:48

Each file/document stored in your Google Drive folder has multiple options with which to interact with each item.

Preview 02:08

Rather than have all of your files in the one area, we will now look to create folders to help us better organise our files. It is possible to create folder within other folders and this is demonstrated in the video.

Preview 01:17

This lecture cover the steps required to upload a file from its existing storage location, perhaps on your hard drive or on a USB stick, into the desired place in your Google Drive account.

Preview 01:30

In the previous section we learnt how to upload a file into our Google Drive account. We will now learn the process of uploading an entire folder or group of folders simultaneously.

Uploading an Entire Folder

Having learnt how to manually upload either individual files or complete folders I would like to show you an alternative methods to perform these tasks. We will learn how to Drag & Drop our files into Google Drive. From my experience and because of its simplicity, most users will prefer to use the Drag & Drop method to upload their documents.

Drag & Drop Uploading

Google Drive Boot Camp #1

Google are the undisputed world champions of searching. We will see that you can search for specific files by simply performed a search.

Searching for Files

In this lecture we will learn how to create a variety of document types from within Google Drive.

Creating Documents
Google Drive - Sharing
5 Lectures 14:38

The ability to share a file with another person is why Google Drive and its associated apps are so great. Collaborating with colleagues or social groups using the same document simultaneously will seriously change how you work.

Sharing a File

Sharing an entire folder or series of folders takes our control of our data to a higher level. Share folders with a few people, a specific department within your workplace or even with the entire business - the choice is totally up to you to decide.

Sharing a Folder

Once you have shared a file or folder the sharing setting are not fixed, you can change easily who and what collaborators can access. We learn this important skill should the original constraints or access to documents needs to be altered.

Changing the Sharing Options of a File or Folder

On occasions, it is useful to save a document or folder that has been shared with you by someone else. By doing this you will have access to the contents in some form even if your access to the files is later revoked.

Add a Shared File or Folder to your My Drive

Google Drive Boot Camp #2
Google Drive - Syncing Files Between Devices
4 Lectures 09:05

Being able to access your files from anywhere, at any time with any internet connected device is the real magic of Google Drive. We will see how syncing of data works between various devices.

Syncing Between Devices

Many people will still like to have a copy of all of their documents stored physically on some hardware eg on the hard drive of their laptop or backed up on an external hard drive. Installing the Google Drive software on your PC, either Windows-based or Mac, allows syncing between the PC and the cloud. Files flow freely between the two places with the software behind the scenes ensuring that the most recent version of a document is always available.

Downloading the Google Drive Application (on a PC)

Being "cloud-based", Google Drive is accessible by the majority of internet connected devices. This lecture enables use to install Google Drive on a tablet, smartphone or similar device to access, and in some cases modify, our documents.

Download the Google Drive App (for tablets, smartphones)

In an earlier lecture, we learnt how to sync of data by installing Google Drive software on our PC. In this way our files on the local hard drive is mirrored by our documents in our Google Drive cloud storage. Rather than mirroring every file or folder, it is possible to have only certain documents or folders syncing. This lecture will take you through this process.

Choosing Files to Sync

Let's see what you have covered so far.

Google Drive Quiz
8 questions
Google Drive - Hidden Secrets
2 Lectures 05:40

To create a more personalised experience, Google Drive allows you to alter various settings depending on your own preferences. The settings which can be customised wlll be covered in this video.

Changing User Settings

In additional to the Google Apps suite of products there are thousands of "3rd party" applications that can integrate with Google Drive. We will learn how to access and implement these.

Using 3rd Party Apps within Google Drive
About the Instructor
Paul Barton
4.3 Average rating
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IT Teacher, Google Cert. Trainer, Microsoft Educator Expert.

Hi, I'm Paul and I've been a full time teacher of Information Technology (IT) for 24 years. I am the Head of Information Technology at my secondary school and have a Bachelor of Information Technology and a Master of Educational Leadership specialising in IT.

I am a Google Certified Trainer and have completed the Google Certified Education Level 1 & 2 qualifications so you know that my courses are well developed and include all aspects of the software.  Additional to my Google qualifications, I am also a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE).

I deliver real-world, highly practical courses drawn from my experience of having taught thousands of students over the last 24 years of teaching. I cut through the jargon emphasising the key points and tell you what you need to know as quickly as possible while not missing any critical skills.

I gain great pleasure teaching people how to better utilise technology in their life and work environment. The tools and skills explored in my courses are applicable in any workplace or for those just looking to improve their own IT skills.

I look forward to working with you as you develop into a more confident IT user. Enjoy.