Google Drive is one of our supported collaboration and storage tools at St. Edward’s, along with Box.
About Your Drive
You can access your personal Drive through your St. Edward’s Gmail account using the Google Grid.
You can also search for "Google Drive" in myHilltop.
Using Drive on Your Phone
Using Drive on Your Desktop
Similar to Box Drive, Google offers the option to store Drive files locally on your computer. To do so, you'll need to install Google Drive File Stream. Anything saved to your Drive File Stream folder will sync to your personal Drive.
Students, Take Your Files With You
When you leave the university (around graduation time, let’s say), you can take the files from your St. Edward's account with you. Google Takeout allows you to export data — including email, calendar items and photos — and transfer them to another Google account.
For complete instructions, see Google's walkthrough of the process.
What's Included with Drive
Google Drive is the storage platform, but the more important additions to our university toolbox are Drive's component pieces for collaboration and sharing.
Google Docs is a word processor, much like Microsoft Word or Box notes. You can write, edit and collaborate on documents much like you would in those other tools, but with the added convenience of Google Drive and its many integrated parts.comparison of the two to figure out which tool works best for your needs.
Use Google Sheets to make quick spreadsheets, storable and shareable within Google Drive. Features, including templates, are similar to those in Microsoft Excel.
Google Slides works well for clean, web-based presentations and provides a similar experience to Microsoft PowerPoint. (You can even convert PowerPoint slides to Google Slides, and vice versa.)
Shared DrivesShared Drives allow offices, departments, classes or groups to share ownership of Google Docs, Forms, Sheets and Slides. Students might find Shared Drives helpful for organizing on-campus clubs or collaborating on group projects. Faculty could create a Shared Drive for their course. Learn more about Shared Drives in Google's Learning Center.
Additional Questions?If you have further questions about specific Google Sites features, Google has a quick reference Help Center or find more in-depth resources in Google's Learning Center.
To install or configure Google Drive File Stream, click here.