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August 3, 2013

Install Google Drive on your computer, PC and MAC

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If, like me you use Google’s Drive to write Doc’s Spreadsheets etc. Now the good news you don’t have to be online anymore. Google have now a web app for both Windows and MAC.

You’re able to view Google documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and drawings even when you don’t have an Internet connection. You’re also able to edit Google documents, presentations, and drawings offline. It’s really handy when you’re on an airplane or train without wireless Internet!

Here are some important things to know about using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides when you’re offline:

  • You’ll first need to set it up. Enabling offline access is easy, and it takes just a minute. As soon as you do, all of your Google documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and drawings will be made available for offline viewing and editing. (Because of space limitations, Drive stores at most 4,000 items or 5 GB of data offline.)
  • Set up computers individually. If you want to enable offline access on both your laptop and desktop computers, you’ll need to set it up twice — once on each computer.
  • It’s Chrome-only. Offline access is unavailable in other browsers. But if you haven’t already, give Chrome a try! Offline access is also available for Chrome OS users.
  • It’s not currently available for all of your stuff. Check out the chart below to see what types of files you can view and edit while offline.

Where offline access is available

Offline access isn’t currently available for every part of your Google Drive. The table below indicates what you’re able to view and edit while offline.

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Step-by-step installation instructions for Windows and Mac.

You can install Google Drive for your desktop Mac or PC as soon as you have access to Google Google Drive on the web.

Windows

  1. Go to http://drive.google.com .
  2. Click the Download Google Drive for your PC button.
  3. Open googledrivesync.exe to automatically install and start Google Drive on your PC. (You may receive a warning that Google Drive is an application downloaded from the Internet. Click the Open button.)
  4. Enter your Google Account username and password in the window that opens. This will be the account associated with Google Drive for your PC.
  5. Complete the installation package instructions.
  6. Launch Google Drive for your PC from the Start menu. Drag files and folders into your Google Drive folder to begin syncing items to My Drive (part of Google Drive on the web).

If you’re having trouble signing into Google Drive on your PC, make sure that both cookies and Javascript are enabled in Internet Explorer and that the URLs that Drive for PC/Mac depends upon are listed as Trusted Sites in your IE settings.

Mac

  1. Go to http://drive.google.com.
  2. Click the Download Google Drive for your Mac button.
  3. Open installgoogledrive.dmg.
  4. Open the installation file and drag the Google Drive icon to your Applications folder.
  5. Open Google Drive from your Applications folder. (You may receive a warning that Google Drive is an application downloaded from the Internet. Click the Open button.)
  6. Enter your Google Account username and password in the window that opens. This will be the account associated with Google Drive for your Mac.
  7. Complete the installation package instructions.
  8. Launch Google Drive for your Mac from the toolbar. Drag files and folders into your Google Drive folder to begin syncing items to My Drive (part of Google Drive on the web).
 

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini