Easy to store and share documents

JPCT 150713 Alan Stainer. Photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 150713 Alan Stainer. Photo by Derek Martin

Alan Stainer runs an IT company specialising in technical advice and support and website design, based in the Horsham District. In each column he’ll look at issues affecting computer use.

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How does this grab you? 15GBs of free cloud storage, a free word processor, a free spreadsheet program, free presentation software and more!

Oh and you can use it on Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Android and iOS.

That is just the start. I am speaking of Google Drive (formerly Google Docs), which is free for individuals and just requires a Google account. As everything is done in the ‘cloud’ and in your browser, you aren’t restricted by what device you are using. In fact, you could easily make a few notes in a new document on your smartphone while out and about, then finish it up on your home PC later on when you have more time. It is all there at the touch of a button, ready and waiting for you.

Google Drive has some great collaboration features too. Sharing large files is easy! You can specify individuals who you wish to either view or edit documents that you create. Perfect if you are working on a joint project and all they need is a Google account too. You can share documents publicly as well. So, if you create a presentation you could send the link to your colleagues so they can view it on their own devices. Better still, you can allow Google to index your Google Drive creation so that it appears as any other web page in Google Search results.

You can also use Google Drive to store your other documents. If you have created a Word document, you can upload that to your Google Drive through the browser. With the Google Drive desktop client, it becomes even easier. Just drag and drop something to your Google Drive folder on your desktop.

It is free, so why not try it?

Alan Stainer