Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Day 19 - Uploading Files to Drive (Part 2), Moving your Stuff

In yesterday's tip, we setup our Google Drive so that it will always prompt us about whether or not we want to convert any uploaded files to the corresponding Google formats. For example, when we upload a Microsoft Word document to Drive, do we want to convert it to the Google Document format or leave it in the original Word format? We also went over the various "Pros and Cons" of each approach.

With all of that in mind, here's how to upload files to your Google Drive:
  1. Click the "Upload" button to the right of the "Create" button.
  2. Select "Files".
  3. Find and select the file(s) you want to upload and click "Open". TIP: You can select multiple files to upload by holding down the CTRL key on the keyboard while you select the files with the mouse.
  4. The Upload settings window will appear.
    • If you are uploading documents, spreadsheets, or presentations and you want to convert them to the Google Documents format, select the "Convert documents, spreadsheets, presentations..." option.
    • If you are uploading PDF files or photos and you would like Google Drive to try and extract the text from these files and insert it into a new Google document, select the "Convert text from PDF and images..." option.
  5. Click "Start upload".
  6. A small progress window will appear displaying the progress of the files upload and conversion
  7. Once the upload and conversion is complete, the files and documents will appear in your Google Drive.
    • Files that have been converted will appear with Google Document, Spreadsheet and Presentation icons.
    • Unconverted files will NOT appear with Google icons.

There are additional ways to upload files (and entire folders) to your Google Drive, but this will get you started.

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