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Top 7 features on the new redesigned Google Drive

posted Aug 27, 2014, 5:21 AM by Tania Jordan   [ updated Nov 3, 2014, 4:51 AM ]

Google Drive on CGXchange will have a brand-new look and will include several changes to consider. While most of the changes on the new Drive are in regards to its design and user-experience, Google also added some additional functions which you may find useful. Please check this video below, which includes a quick walk-through of the functions described further in this tutorial.  

Note the new Google Drive is still not on for everyone on CGXchange, but it will appear automatically for all soon. If you want to start experiencing the new look and feel today, click on the geer icon from the https://drive.google.com/a/cgxchange.org/ page, and select ‘Experience the new Drive’.

Here is an overview of the main features on the new Google Drive:

1. New Drive Homepage

The most noticeable change to Drive is on the homepage (https://drive.google.com/a/cgxchange.org/), where Google has incorporated their new material design along with speed improvements. The folder icons have also been minimized and take up a lot less space, which can help to reduce the clutter.You will also see a 'New' button, instead of 'Create' to create new documents or foldersYou can take all of the same actions with the ‘New’ button that you did with the ‘Create Menu,’ such as creating new files / folders, uploading files / folders and installing Drive apps:

                             Old Drive                                                                         New Drive


2. 'Shared with me' replaced by 'Incoming'

The ‘Shared with me’ menu has been renamed ‘Incoming.’ From here you’ll find all files that someone has shared with you, but that you are not the owner of.

3. New way to add files to your Drive

The option to add a file to your Drive has been moved from the top of the page to the actual file. To add a file to your Drive, move your cursor over the right side of the file in ‘Incoming’ and click on 'Add to my Drive':

4. Adding files to your favorites: 'Starring' files 

To mark an important file, you now have to right-click on it and select 'Add Star'. In contrast, this new method is less direct compared with the old version of Drive where you were able to select the star icon next to the file name.

5. New 'Show link' icon to easily view the document link

Now you can easily access the Link to Share by selecting the file and clicking on the ‘Show link’ icon located at the top right of the Drive screen (or by right-clicking the file). From here you not only have the ability to copy the link to share to send to other users but you can access the file’s sharing settings to change its permissions.

6. Enter Office Compatibility Mode just by double-clicking on the file

The new Office Compatibility Mode to edit Office files in Drive has become more integrated. Now you can use this feature simply by double-clicking on the Office file(e.g.: Word file) in Drive from a Chrome browser, and it will open in a compatible program for editing. 

Note: To be able to edit Office files from a Chrome browser, first download the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides Chrome extension.

This will basically create a copy of your Office file in the Google editable format which you can use to further edit. 

7. Drag to select multiple files and perform an action

One of my favorite features is the possibility of selecting multiple files and performing a certain action, such as sharing or moving them to a particular folder. One key feature missing on the Drive on the web is being able to copy and paste copies of folders and files as you can already do with the Google Drive app. I trust this feature will be added soon! 

Enjoy your new Drive on CGXchange! 

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