Google Drive on the web

You can change a number of settings in Google Drive on the web.

  1. Open Google Drive at
  2. Click the settings icon in the top right .
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Depending on the version of Google Drive you’re using, you may see the following options:
    • Convert uploads
    • Language
    • Manage apps
    • Opt-in/Opt-out of offline
    • Locale
    • Time zone
    • Bold any updated items
    • Show right-to-left controls

Google Drive settings carry over to the Google Docs editor home screens by default. To adjust a setting from within the Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides home screens, click the menu icon > Settings.

Google Drive for your Mac/PC

You can change a number of settings in Drive on your Mac or PC.

  1. Click the Google Drive icon google drive desktop icon.
    • On a Mac, the icon is usually found in the menu bar at the top right of your desktop screen.
    • On a PC, the icon is usually found in the taskbar in the bottom right of your desktop screen.
  2. Click the overflow icon in the top right .
  3. Select Preferences.
  4. Change any of the desired settings from the list below.

Under "Account":

  • Disconnect account: Connect your Google Drive desktop folder to another Google Account (not recommended).
  • Get more storage: Purchase additional Google Drive storage.

Under "Sync options":

  • Only sync some folders to this computer: Select which "My Drive" folders to sync to your computer. De-select the folders you don’t want to sync.
  • Sync shared items: Add files and folders from “Shared with me” to “My Drive” to sync to your computer.

Under "Advanced":

  • Start Google Drive automatically when you start your computer: Launch Google Drive and start syncing "My Drive" to the Google Drive for desktop folder on your computer.
  • Send crash reports and usage statistics to Google: Send information to Google to help us prioritize features and improvements we should work on.
  • Proxy: Switch between "Direct connection" and "Automatically detect proxy settings".
  • Bandwidth settings: Choose how much bandwidth Drive leaves for other programs on your computer (in kilobytes per second) or choose “Don’t limit” to choose the fastest rate.
  • Misc: Show file sync status icons.

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