Get started with Drive

Overview: What can you do with Drive?

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Drive overviewWith Google Drive, you can open your files from your computer’s Drive folder on the desktop or from your browser. Files you create with Google Docs open in your browser or mobile app. Other files in your Drive folder will open in their regular applications (like Adobe® Reader® for PDF® files) on your computer.

What you need:

10 minutes
Account A G Suite accountDon't have one? Sign up.

Get Drive: Web (, or iOS

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Table of contents

Section 1: Upload and store

1.1 Upload files to Drive on the web
1.2 Store files on your desktop
1.3 Upload files from your phone or tablet

Section 2: Access your files

2.1 Check your sync status
2.2 Access your files from any device
2.3 Access your files offline

Section 3: View and update

3.1 Preview and download stored files on the web
3.2 Open your files
3.3 Update Drive files
3.4 Delete your files
3.5 Restore deleted files

Section 4: Organize and search

4.1 Create folders
4.2 Move files to folders
4.3 Access files quickly
4.4 Star important files and folders
4.5 Search and sort your files and folders

Section 5: Share and collaborate

5.1 Share files and set access levels and visibility
5.2 View Drive activity and file details
5.3 Collaborate with Google Docs editors

Section 6: Access your calendar, notes, and tasks

6.1 Open your Google Calendar and events
6.2 Open notes in Google Keep
6.3 Open your to-do lists in Google Tasks

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