Google Drive
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  • “Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service created and managed by Google.[2][3] It allows users to store documents in the cloud, share files, and edit documents with collaborators.”
    • This means you can upload and make files, which you can also share to others to let them edit.
  • Hitting the ”New” Button will give you a list of actions to preform
    • You can make various things like create
      • Docs
      • Sheets
      • Slides
      • Folders
    • You can also upload files and whole folders (folders can be uploaded only chrome though)
  • Folders in your drive can be displayed by clicking the triangle next to “My Drive”
    • Folders can hold any types of files
  • The “My Drive” tab has 4 buttons on the right side in the grey upper bar
    • The one with four squares arranged in a square lets you change the format of the files between grid and list view
    • The AZ one lets you choose how the files are listed
    • The gear one lets you change more precise settings
    • With you hit a file and then the I in a circle button, you can see details about the document, including
      • last opened
      • last modified
      • If and who the documents is shared to
  • If you click on a file you can get four more buttons to the left of the original four
    • The chain looking one, provides a link for the document
    • The one with a person and a + sign, lets you add people to the file to modify it
    • The trashcan one, moves the file to the trash
    • The three vertical dots lets you do other things like change the color of a folders icon, or rename and star folders and files
  • The “Incoming“ tab shows you what files have been shared you, and if you move the mouse over one of the files, buttons appear
    • The arrow one, lets you download the file
    • The file one with the google drive symbol, lets you add the file to your own drive
    • The three vertical dots gives you more, miscellaneous options
  • The next tab is the “Recent” tab
    • This shows all the documents you have created and shared in order of either
      • Last modified by me
      • Last modified
      • Last opened by me
  • The next tab is the “Starred” tab
    • Files or folders that have been “starred” will show up here
    • A indicator of whether a file has been starred or not is there will be a star next to the name of the file
  • The last tab is the “Trash” tab
    • Files that have been moved to the trash show up here
    • Files still take up space when in the trash though, and so to permanently empty the trash you can hit the trash button up top with the triangle next to it, which gives you the option to permanently delete the files
  • You can see how much space you're taking up in the bottom left corner
    • It is further split up and tells you how much space is being used by
      • Your drive files
      • Your Gmail emails
      • Your Google+ photos
    • If you press the blue i next to “drive” when you have clicked the amount of space you’ve used, it takes you to a screen and shows how much space each file uses
  • Alternatives for Google Drive include
    • DropBox
    • Amazon Cloud Drive
    • Microsoft SkyDrive
    • Apple iCloud