Tips and Tricks: 4 Hidden Features in Google Drive on Mac OS X


We had talked about 4 Things About Global Ransomware Attack in last blog, the important tips to protect your information from attack is to well back up it. Meanwhile, Google Drive is actually the backup app that help you store and protect data, no matter in the Ransomware attack or in daily life, users should have good awareness to back up data and information.

The app Google Drive has been released for a long time by Google in 2012, for different devices, there are verity kinds of version, for Mac, for Windows, for Android and iOS. Choose one to help you help you back up your data anywhere anytime.

"Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google. Launched on April 24, 2012, Google Drive allows users to store files in the cloud, synchronize files across devices, and share files." 

This month, Google launched a new Backup and Sync desktop app for files and photos. This new app replaces its previous Drive app for Mac and Windows.

Three Significant Features in Google Drive

Store any file

  • Drive starts you off with 15 GB of free Google online storage, so you can keep photos, stories, designs, drawings, recordings, videos - anything.

See your stuff anywhere

  • Your files in Drive can be reached from any smartphone, tablet or computer. So wherever you go, your files follow.

Share files and folders

  • You can quickly invite others to view, download and collaborate on all the files you want, no email attachment needed.

Hidden Features in Google Drive

In the past few months, I discovered few hidden Google Drive tips and tricks that are worth mentioning because it will only improve your workflow to a greater extent.

1. Quick Access to Files Easily

This feature adds thumbnails to the top of the My Drive and this will give you quick access to the most recent modified files. You can find Quick Access in drive Settings and click box to make relevant files handy when you most need them.

  • Click Google Drive Settings on the Gear icon
  • You'll see the quick Access option windows pop up
  • Click the box next to Make relevant files handy when you need them.

After doing that, recent files will appeared in front of you on top of the Folders section just like the image below.

2. Send Links of Your Files

The simplest Google Drive tips and tricks that many people don't know about is to send the links of you files to others. At the bottom of the Gmail's compose window, there is a little Google Drive icon that lets you attach files that are stored in your Google Drive or else you can simply send across the link.

You can send links to the file as file types like PDFs, Word docs, images, and you have the option of sending as an attachment or a Drive link.

3. Filter Search

In the search box at the top of Google Drive there's a down-arrow button along the right edge. Click it and a panel of search options to filter your search results. If you have used Google Drive for a long time you have accumulated a large library of files and this search is hugely useful to narrow your results. You can filter by date modified, file type and owner.

4. Quickly Formatting

There are a few options for clearing the formatting for text you paste into Docs.

For this, you can go to highlight the text and select Normal text from the toolbar at the top. Also you can avoid the format-removal process by holding down Shift when you paste text.

Today's Tips &Tricks will stop here, there are maybe more the hidden features of Google Drive, I'm still trying to find more interesting to tell you all. if you have found something you could easily leave a comment. The installation is listed above, but if you have the removal problem of Google Drive on Mac OS X, check for details now.