The New Google Drive

by Koosha Araghi on July 1, 2014

Google Drive has seen a lot of major changes in the past few months with this last one including a visual makeover. In the coming weeks, Google will be rolling out a whole new Drive experience that looks to make even greater increases in navigation and workflow. Here is a quick rundown of some of the key changes you'll be seeing:

New Home Screen

New Home Screen

The first and most significant change you'll see is the new home page. Drive is now even cleaner and easier to read with the addition of a new view that quickly separates your files and folders. Prefer to view everything in a list? Don't fret, the option is for list view still there at the top of the screen.  

Simplified Menu System

Simplified Menu System  

The previous two button menu is now streamlined into one simple red button with the word New. The reorganized menu includes all previous functionality such as the ability to create and upload files and folders, new documents, and access third party drive apps.  

Shared Files

Shared Files  

Small little change here. Previously, documents that had been shared with you that you weren't the owner of were in a section called "Shared with me". To adhere to their new minimalistic style, Google simply renamed the section to "Incoming".  

Drag and Drop

Drag and Drop  

The new Drive feels a lot less like a static web page where you need to check boxes and select the destination folder, and more like an organic file system within your computer. Just like a folder on your desktop, you can now simply click and drag to select multiple files or folders and drop them to any destination.  

Editing Office Files

Opening Office file for native editing is easier than ever. Simply double click on the file, and you're good to go.

How To Enable The New Drive

The new drive experience should be rolling for all users in the coming weeks. To enable the new update, simply do the following:

1. Open up drive and select the gear icon at the top right

How To Enable The New Drive 1

2. Select Experience the new Drive

How To Enable The New Drive - 2

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Koosha Araghi
Director of Marketing at UpCurve Cloud
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