Google Drive overview

Google Drive provides a single place to store, access, create, edit, and share documents, files, and folders of all types. When you create new documents from Google Drive, you typically create online Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

  • Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides refers to the web-based editors to create, edit, and share Google documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. There are also web-based editors to create drawings, forms, and fusion tables. These online documents are tightly integrated with other Google Apps services and provide very powerful real-time collaboration features.

    To learn more, see the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides overview for users.

  • Google Drive is a single place to manage all your files, including Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and other online Google document types.

    Think of Google Drive as your personal stash of files and folders that follows you wherever you go - it lets you keep everything and share anything. With Google Drive, you can access files, folders, and Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides from a web browser or any device where you've installed your Google Drive. No matter what happens to your devices, your files are safely stored in Google Drive. You can store practically everything for next to nothing.

    You can use Google Drive to store all file types, including documents, presentations, music, photos, and videos. You can open many file types right in your browser, including PDFs, Microsoft Office files, high-definition video, and many image file types, even if you don't have the corresponding program installed on your computer.

    Google Drive automatically keeps everything up to date, so you can make edits and access the latest version from anywhere, regardless of where you are.

    Google Drive provides many ways to view, find, and sort your files. It includes powerful search options—even the ability to search for text in pictures—to help you quickly find what you're looking for.