How-To Geek: How to Comment on PDFs (or Any Other File) in Google Drive. “You might already know that when sharing documents using Google’s own office apps you can leave comments to make collaboration easy. But did you know Google Drive offers the same comment feature for virtually any file, not just Google documents?”
Chrome Unboxed: Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides will now warn you of Office file compatibility issues
Chrome Unboxed: Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides will now warn you of Office file compatibility issues. “First and foremost, a new warning indicator will appear if your file has compatibility issues in Drive. It will appear and stay for the entirety of your editing session or so long as there are problems to be certain you address them before shipping the document off to its recipient.”
ZDNet: How to organize your Google Drive with these 5 tips. “Before I get to these helpful tips, know that these aren’t about the individual apps within Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms). These tips are about Drive itself and getting the most out of the platform.”
TechCrunch: Google is adding new Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Keep optimizations for tablets. “Google introduced Android 12L earlier this year to make tablets easier to use, and at I/O, the company announced plans to update more than 20 Google apps on tablets to optimize them for larger screens. Today, Google said it’s adding several new features for Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Keep to get started on this promise.”
PC Magazine: 18 Google Drive Tips You Can’t Afford to Miss . “Where you may find Google Drive lacking, though, is in that 15GB, which can fill up fast because a number of other services share that space, including Google Photos and Gmail…. So those are the basics of Google Drive, but what you need are the secrets—the tips and tricks that will drive your use of Drive to another level.”
MakeUseOf: How to Find Public Google Docs (and Slides, Forms, Sheets, and Drawings too). “Similarly, you can easily find public Google Docs, Slides, Forms, Drawings, and Sheets using some easy but Advanced Search operations and tools. In this article, we’ll show you some simple tricks to help you find public Google Drive files including Slides, Forms, Sheets, and Drawings.” Joy Okumoko does it again. I didn’t know about Heystack.
ReviewGeek: 8 Easy Ways to Keep Your Google Drive Clutter-Free. “Whether you use Google Drive for work, school, or anything in between, it can be a real challenge to keep it organized and clutter-free. However, if you’re up for some occasional preventative maintenance, we think these tips can help you stay on top of things.”
Digital Inspiration: How to Auto-Download Podcasts to Google Drive with Google Sheets. “This tutorial describes how you can use Google Sheets to build your own podcast manager. You can specify a list of your favorite podcast shows in Google Sheets and it will automatically download new episodes to your Google Drive in neatly organized folders. The setup is very simple, the app is completely open-source and you need no programming language.”
MakeUseOf: How to Search for Google Drive Files Directly From the Chrome Address Bar. “Search engine shortcuts are a great way to optimize your browsing experience. When you’re urgently looking for a file from Google Drive, you might not have enough time or patience to open the Google Drive web app and search for your file. Luckily, there’s a quicker way to find your files stored in Google Drive. In this article, you’ll find out how to search for Google Drive files directly from your Chrome address bar.”
TechRadar: Google Drive is flagging some macOS files for copyright violation. “A disgruntled Reddit user recently reported that a ‘.DS_Store’ file on their Google Drive was flagged by the search giant for violating its copyright infringement policy. Apparently, this isn’t the first time this issue has been encountered as macOS users also reported experiencing similar problems last month.”
The Verge: Google Drive’s new filters that make search easier are rolling out to everyone. “Search chips, a feature that’s supposed to make it easier to search for files in Google Drive, is becoming available to all Workspace users, including G Suite Basic and Business users. It was first released as a beta in November and should let you narrow down your search results by location, file type, date modified, people, tasks, and shared label.”
PC Magazine Australia: How to Free Up Space in Google Drive. “Have you gotten a warning that your Google Drive storage is almost full? If so, it’s time to identify files that take up a lot of room, decide which ones you can delete to free up space, and maybe block people from sharing files with you in the future.”
Bleeping Computer: Google Drive flags nearly empty files for ‘copyright infringement’. “Dr. Chris Jefferson, Ph.D., an AI and mathematics researcher at the University of St Andrews, was also able to reproduce the issue when uploading multiple computer-generated files to Drive. Jefferson generated over 2,000 files, each containing just a number between -1000 and 1000. The files containing the digits 173, 174, 186, 266, 285, 302, 336, 451, 500, and 833 were shortly flagged by Google Drive for copyright infringement.”
ZDNet: Ransomware and phishing: Google Drive will now warn you about suspicious files. “Users of the Google Drive file and syncing app will now start to see warning banners if they open a potentially dodgy file. The new alerts are rolling out to Workspace Google Drive users globally today and aim to help protect users and their organizations from malware, phishing and ransomware.”
TechRadar: Google Drive could soon start locking your files. “Google has announced a new policy for cloud storage service Drive, which will soon begin to restrict access to files deemed to be in violation of the company’s policies. As explained in a new blog post, Google will take active steps to identify files hosted on its platform that are in breach of either its Terms of Service or abuse program policies.” This policy really worries me. I’m concerned about false positives and political language being targeted by authoritarian governments. I hope a solid and fast appeal mechanism is in place.