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Google Drive 101- A Treasure Chest Of Functionality

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We have been spending some time lately discussing some of Google's online tools for word processing, spreadsheets and forms tools. In doing so we had a flood of comments and questions regarding Google's template forms and how to access and use them. So, we are discussing how to find Google's forms templates and how to get the most use from them.
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Jay Graves (3 months ago)
Dotto you're awesome
Reinhard Schumacher (4 months ago)
50 years ago?????? cool
E Galindo (4 months ago)
I live the way you explain difficult sunjects. Thank you so much for taking the time
Artur Perzyna (5 months ago)
Im in 80th second of the vid and you still said nothing.
Rick Mortimer (7 months ago)
A great video as always! I love the way you present information and I always learn something from you. One thing I would like to know though, is how do I get My Drive to appear on my right click menu under the send-to row? A lot of times I want to send a picture or a file from a folder on my Windows 10 desktop to My Drive but can't right click it Instead I have to go into My Drive and then import the picture or file. Is there a way to get My Drive on the menu? thanks Steve!
Clint Johnson (7 months ago)
I enjoy your videos!!
dottotech (7 months ago)
Thanks Clint!
John L (10 months ago)
You know if you go to all those button bar entries on what should be your button bar (and therefore, what should be just an icon- hence button) on your chrome browser button bar- you can clean up that mess you have, while having many more visible buttons. To do this- right click on your first button (in your case Mr. Dotto in this video it is a 2016 election button)- select "edit'"- select the "name" field and delete what is there- now select "save". Presto- you will come out with just a clean button without any of that numbnuts description stuff. You know, the way it's supposed to be.
John Brown (1 year ago)
Looking for the save as to google drive on a MAC like there is on a PC.  So when working on an excel file you can save as to google drive on a PC.  Having problems doing this on my MAC.   Please help ....
John Brown (1 year ago)
Thank you, I was looking for the option like I have on my work PC - save as option to the google drive.
dottotech (1 year ago)
You can save files to google drive, or create Google Drive documents, that you save automatically. If you have an excel file on your mac, just move it into your google drive folder.
Snežana Panić (1 year ago)
Hello from Belgrade:), Serbia:) I am a big fan of yours:) Your videos are, funny, great and helpful :)
dottotech (1 year ago)
Thanks so much, I appreciate you taking the time to comment!
Admin Docs (1 year ago)
Thank you for all your wonderful videos. The one thing that I can't seem to find online or in any of your google drive videos is the transfer of ownership. I find lots of information on how to transfer a folder with files to another user within our organization and I can successfully "rid" myself of the folder and associated files BUT...... The new owner receives a mess...all the files show up in their "My Drive" at the bottom (below any folders they already have) and one of 2 things happen: 1. All folder/file structure is gone and everything is listed below their own folders in their "My Drive". Time is required to build folders, sub-folders, etc. and move all the files. What a mess. 2. A folder with associated files is created in their "My Drive" but the files are still listed at the bottom of My Drive. In this instance you can't delete these files otherwise they disappear from the folders and file structure, you must drag and move them to where the other copy is located in the new folders and then there will be only one copy of the file. Either way, it appears Google has missed the boat if I want to transfer ownership of one folder. Any help, suggestions or a video that shows how to transfer ownership successfully to the other person in the organization would be appreciated. Thanks,
lloyd 4560 (1 year ago)
Hi Steve, my partner and I work in the same business ( in two separate offices) and Libre Offfice Calc (Spreadsheets) is what we record all our business transactions on. We need to share and update the spreadsheets independently of each other all the time. Is Google Drive the best free platform for us to be using:(i) from a security point and (ii) from an efficiency angle? Thanks dotto Tech for all your support . Lloyd
UMACS Media (1 year ago)
Steve greetings from Melbourne, Australia, pray tell how do you get to have the PC live image behind you in your videos? Love your work!
Michael Short (1 year ago)
The way I have always accessed that screen is just typing. docs.google.com although I don't use the spreadsheets or slides. Those are new to me. :)
Steve, thank you for putting out this series. But....Sometime in early 2017, the templates gallery for ALL of Google apps will no longer be available. These apps may not be totally fat at MS Office apps, but Google is forever adding new features and updating them for quality reasons, too, like getting rid of bugs. Docs can do columns, use and display outlines based on document styles, publish to use on web, and more. https://support.google.com/docs/answer/148833?hl=en&ref_topic=20329 I do not know yet if there is a way to copy all the templates over, but for Google docs, I opened the ones I wanted, saved them to my docs, and named them by their template name. Besides the support pages, you can find their blog for latest info on all Google apps editor (aka G-Suite apps) is https://blog.google/products/docs/ (ps Google Drive is not the new name for Google Docs or Sheets or etc. They are, however, tightly integrated. You can open Google Docs app, and without you actually switching over to Google Drive, your doc is saved there.).
dottotech (1 year ago)
That is terrific feedback, thanks so much!
Leopeter Alvarez (1 year ago)
Another awesome feature while sharing the docs with others is that you can all collaborate/comment on the work and if any changes are allowed or made you can see who did what as it tracks the history in the margin.
Angela Schans (1 year ago)
More! More! More!
gatorcellman (1 year ago)
Hi Steve, thanks for the video. Perhaps you could do a more in depth overview of the collaboration capabilities? Thanks!
dottotech (1 year ago)
Good suggestion!
Javier Serratti Codas (1 year ago)
Great Congrats Smart courses Thans Dotto
Emmanuel Torres (1 year ago)
I love your videos. Great personality man. Thanks
Varuna Desilva (1 year ago)
superb illustration of google drive forms. you do it so well. cheers
Willo Aveda (1 year ago)
how did you create this video?
dottotech (1 year ago)
I create all my videos using screen casting, I'm actually hosting a webinar on how I do it here's the link. http://members.dottotech.com/?page_id=4636
Russ Kahle (2 years ago)
Love your channel, you can go to docs.google.com, forms.google.com, slides.google.com, etc to go straight to the home pages for each Google Drive service. Just a helpful tip :)
Patrick Olson (2 years ago)
IFTTT just got a major update on iPhone. It has changed quite a bit and I would appreciate seeing a video about the changes.
dottotech (2 years ago)
Great suggestion
ficktao (2 years ago)
Great video, thanks! Could you do a video about software programs with which you can organize your video footage for beginning film/ video makers? (I imagine there must be programs in which you can organize footage with multiple tags and such). Also, which software would you recommend for beginning video editors?
Ebubekir Inanc (2 years ago)
Steve why don't you try minimizing yourself on a corner of the video after the intro? I'm just saying, like how gamers do, DashieGames for example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQLGgdMoS0o , you could minimize yourself after the intro, cause it's nice seeing you big on the intro.
Michael Short (1 year ago)
Personally I like the way you have it. :) I agree that gamers need more of their screen shown.
dottotech (2 years ago)
we are playing with the format, but I suspect I will always keep my face on screen, The screens I show are not as intense in info as gamers, we typically focus on one area at a time, so my mug does not really interfere with the content.
Rob Farrell (2 years ago)
Always great stuff. Thanks!
Paul McGinnis Puppetry (2 years ago)
Hey Steve! I love your channel and your videos. You are a master. I'm curious, how long does it take you to do each video. Do you get it done usually in one take, or do you do several takes, and do you edit the best parts together? It looks seamless, whatever the case. So like I said, just wondering. Thanks!
David Popowich (2 years ago)
Thanks soooo much for this...I've used Drive for years and didn't know of this functionality!
Autem Media (2 years ago)
I do not see templates in the URL https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/ if you are in Norway, someone no why?
William Lie (1 year ago)
Same for Denmark - No templates
It is only available in English. Hopefully they will add this feature for other languages soon
Hender Shakkon (2 years ago)
50 years ago!!! funny moment on a real productive video thanks Steve
Thanks Steve, and here I thought I was a Google Docs power user and there's yet another useful feature of the app that I had no idea about! ;) Dafne.
Pieterjan Oste (2 years ago)
Thanks, Steve! Thanks, Michael Praschma! Problem solved!
John Angelico (2 years ago)
Aha! Steve, I think I have found something for you. Using the Chrome Browser, go to the Drive Create Menu, select More, and then Connect More Apps. As you browse, you will eventually find "Templates in Google Drive" or "Drive Template Gallery" which you can add to your Google Drive Create Menu as the entry "From Templates" Hope that helps for people wanting to use templates more. I am not into templates much but the Gallery looks like it could be a fun place :-) John A Melbourne Australia
John Angelico (2 years ago)
An afterthought maybe, which has now grown to be a significant feature (for some: I have only used a couple of templates). JohnA Melbourne, Australia
dottotech (2 years ago)
Awesome tip, thanks! I wonder why it is buried so deep?
As Donald said: You keep us in suspense… ;-) Now seriously about TEMPLATES (Fixed! See end of post!): What you show in 2:14 actually does not work with me. Drive shows my sheets when I use this button but no header with templates whatsoever. The whole page design differs from what is on your screen, and there is no "mode" option either. Exactly the same occurs with slides. Forms (which you showed last time) does not even have this Home button. By the way: Experience is the same on actual versions of Firefox and Chrome. Maybe Google is bullying European users? Especially Austrians?? What have we done? (10 min. later:) ALL-CLEAR FROM OVERSEAS FOR MISSING TEMPLATES: And a big thank you to Christian from the Netherlands. Switching to English in Google's language settings (what the heck is "Austrian English" supposed to be?) fixes ervything.
The same thing is with Russian. Had to change to English. But now everything is ok. Thank you guys
dottotech (2 years ago)
Well I am glad we solved all those issues!
Mike Wright (2 years ago)
very helpful.
Christian De Vos (2 years ago)
I was looking for templates in the Dutch version of Google drive but there aren't. not in docs, not in sheets, Not in slides....
dottotech (2 years ago)
Great discovery, and somewhat frustrating!
BEDANKT! …from the Austrian branch of SteveDotto followers for this tremendous discovery. Works perfectly. But what a strange setting from Google's side!
Christian De Vos (2 years ago)
and I just found the solution: in Settings I changed the language into 'English' and I found all the templates you showed in your video (in English of course). When I use such a template I can translate the English words and save the file into my account. Afterwords I can again change the language into Dutch.
Gab riel (2 years ago)
It is pretty good, BUT some key features are missing e.g. In Spreadsheets no double underline for sums or results, and no printing option to scale the spreadsheet so it fits on one page ( like excel) so for somethings it's nice but not finished yet...
dottotech (2 years ago)
Indeed not a replacement for heavy Excel users.
Peter Smit (2 years ago)
Hi Steve, When using Google Drive my PC slows down to a snail's pace. I read on the internet that this is because the RAM is taken over by Drive. Only a PC restart will get things back to normal speed. Is Google gonna solve this issue?? Thanks Rgds Peter
Steve Matthews (1 year ago)
If you downloaded Google Drive to your computer, it will take up resources while syncing the local folder to your Drive online.
David Leon (2 years ago)
Man, this channel always has something amazing to teach!
Leon Kowalski (2 years ago)
sheets.google.com docs.google.com forms.google.com slides.google.com keep.google.com ... etc...
dottotech (2 years ago)
Nice, thanks!
Djadkins 123 (2 years ago)
Liked the video. My suggestion is to make some videos on different computer types, and tech appliances along with the applications and online tools
dottotech (2 years ago)
Thanks for the suggestion!
Jerome Greene (2 years ago)
Still waiting for google keep
dottotech (2 years ago)
You are! So many demos to do, so little time!
Avrum Golub (2 years ago)
Thank you, Steve, for this useful introduction to these templates.
Morris Ross (2 years ago)
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David Randall (2 years ago)
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Oli Rall (2 years ago)
Great Vid. Thx
Eduardo Carrillo (2 years ago)
Here are the web addresses for each of the Google Drive application home pages which include the templates: Google Document https://docs.google.com Sheets https://sheets.google.com Slides https://slides.google.com Forms https://forms.google.com If you notice on each homepage page, the URL for each web application is slightly different to what I have included here. However, these are easier to remember and type. It is also fair to say that aside from the templates, each homepage shows only the corresponding native file types. So, docs.google.com shows all documents created with its application. Likewise for Slides, Sheets, and Forms.
JanMarie Kelly (2 years ago)
(This shows up on my screen...) Docs, Sheets, and Slides templates Note: The Drive template gallery will not be available later in 2016. The Google Drive template gallery will be taken down in the near future. At that time, https://drive.google.com/templates will no longer work.
Evgeny Kovalchuk (2 years ago)
Thanks for the video. By the way, am i the only one who hears weird high-frequency noise while mic is enabled?
dottotech (2 years ago)
I can't here it but I will check my setup!
Tw1x5000 (2 years ago)
yes, it has about 12 khz. if he used a notch filter on his mic-track it'd be gone...
Murray Tucker (2 years ago)
Awesome video! Thank you,
Beautiful Monster350 (2 years ago)
Ronnie Geyer Chmura (2 years ago)
As always very valid content in your videos at DottoTech. Keep storming the castle for us all. Thanks Steve.
Sunny Mahajan (2 years ago)
Great stuff thanks!
Barry McAlister (2 years ago)
As usual, I learned something new again. That book report slide program really ticked me off. My life would have been so much easier with Google, but like you I was 50 years too early, but it would have been really sweet.
dottotech (2 years ago)
Soumya Mitra (2 years ago)
Always fun to learn from you!
Jim Mullinaux (2 years ago)
Nice! Thanks!

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