Sync Your Files to Your Computer with the Google Drive Application

The Google Drive application can be used to quickly sync files from your computer, as well as sync Microsoft files (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, etc.), PDFs, and images already saved on your Drive back to your computer.

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Last Updated: February 03, 2017

You can sync your non-Google-format files (i.e. - Microsoft Word documents, PDFs, images) to your PC or Mac using the Google Drive App.

Check to see if you already have the app by searching for "Google Drive." If you do not have it, you will need to install it (Note: you need admin status to install the Google Drive app).

Downloading the Google Drive App and Settings

Installing the app creats a "Google Drive" folder on your computer that will sync with your Drive online. Any files/folders you add to the Google Drive folder will also be online when your files sync. Any changes you make either to the files/folders in Google Drive on your computer or on the web will also sync.

  1. Follow Google's instructions to download.
  2. Follow Google's instructions for accessing and changing sync settings

Google-format Files (Google Sheets, Google Docs, Google Slides, etc.)

Any Google Files (Google Sheets, Google Docs, Google Slides, etc.) will be saved as .g files - these files will not be "synced" as the copy produced by the app just links to the original file on Drive. You can set up Offline access to be able to access these files even without an internet connection. 

To download these files, you need to open Google Drive in your web browser, find the Google file you want to sync, right click on it, and select "Download." This will download the Google file as its Microsoft equilivant (Google Docs become Word Documents, Google Slides become PowerPoint Presentations, etc.).

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