You would hardly find anyone in today’s times who does not have a Google account. And if you own any sort of Android based phone, then you do have a Google account even if you do not know about it. We all enjoy many different services offered by the technology giant like Gmail, Google Drive, Youtube and so on. Of all these, I like the Google Drive best as you can store all your documents on it and access them from anywhere in the world. If you work with Microsoft Office and wish there was an easier way of editing and saving Office supported documents on Google Drive, then Google has heard your concerns. Now you can integrate Google Drive in Microsoft office so that you can easily save, open or edit documents stored on your Google Drive account.
In order to install, integrate and use Google Drive in Microsoft Office, you can proceed in the following manner:
First of all, download and install the Google Drive plugin for Microsoft Office from https://tools.google.com/dlpage/driveforoffice/. During the installation, it will download the latest version of Google Drive plugin and set it up for use in Office. After the installation, when you start any Microsoft Office application, you would see a “Get Started” screen for Google Drive. It will take you through the signing-in and setting up Google Drive for use.
Now when you have to open a document from Google Drive, you can choose File → Open → Google Drive and then click on Open from Google Drive.
This will open another window that will let you select documents from various sections of Google Drive – My Drive, Shared documents, etc. You can choose any of the documents and then click on Select to open it in Microsoft Office.
Similarly, when you want to save a new document to your Google Drive account, you can choose File → Save As → Google Drive and then click on Save As.
This will show a small window where you can choose the document name and the target folder on the Google Drive. As you click on the OK button, it will connect to your Google Drive account and upload the document there.
In addition to saving and opening documents from the File menu, Google Drive can also be accessed from the “Google Drive” tab that is added to every Microsoft Office application. From this tab, you can open, save, share, move and rename documents on your Google Drive account.
Conclusion: Google Drive plugin is a must for all those people who love to work with Microsoft Office and love to save their documents on Google Drive even more. It brings all the benefits of the Google cloud storage to the most popular office suite in the world.