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New Google Drive

posted 24 Dec 2014, 06:26 by Stephen Hind   [ updated 24 Mar 2015, 07:22 ]

The New Google Drive is rolling out to everyone now. We've had a chance to test it out - here are the three features that are making the most impact.  

Google has started to roll out the new Google Drive experience to its users across the globe. It's mainly a cosmetic upgrade, and it brings the Drive experience on mobile devices and on desktops closer together. There are subtle graphical changes which modernise Drive's look, but these are the three features that have made the most impact on us:  


To open a file on Drive, you now double-click on it. This is much more similar to browsing files on a desktop, whereas before you would single-click, like clicking on a link on the web. This also marks the end of the check boxes you used to use to select a file. Now, simply single-click to select a file. This move to a more Desktop style of browsing marks a change from Google's old web-centric design.  

Folders First  

..Which leads into the second big feature. Files and folders in Drive were displayed in order of name, modified date etc., and both files and folders were mixed in together. But now, folders always come before files. This, like the double-clicking features emulates a desktop interface.  

Office Compatibility  

Possibly the biggest feature is Office Compatibility mode. After installing a Chrome extension, you can now double click on an office file in Drive and make basic edits to it without converting it into a Google Doc. This is a very useful feature for those who need to use Office documents alongside Google Docs in their work.  

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