What is Google Drive
Google Drive is the place all your Google files are stored. Google files can be Documents (like Word), Sheets (like Excel), Forms (that people can fill in), Slides (like PowerPoint).
You can also upload any document from your computer (Word, picture, video etc) to your Google Drive.
How can I access my Google Drive or see a Google file someone has shared with me
You do need to be signed up with Google (that is, have a ‘Google account’).
However, you don’t have to get a gmail address to do this …
Many of us have ‘gmail accounts’ e.g. ITsorted@gmail.com or ITsorted@googlemail.com (incidentally, these are both one and the same email address)
You can have a Google account associated with a personal email address e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I have a Google account?
Your computer will usually remember your Google Account. Go to https://www.google.co.uk/ or https://www.google.com/ and look in the top right hand corner to see if you are signed in with a Google Account.
If you are signed in, hold your mouse over the image (or click on it) and you should see which email is associated with it …
If the email you see is NOT “associated” with you, it may be that someone else is, or has been, using this computer and signed in with their email address.
If you know your Google email and password, you can sign out and then sign in with your account.
If it says “Sign in” and you know your Google email and password, simply sign in.
I don’t have a Google account – how to create one
You’re looking for a ‘Create Account’ button.
Click on ‘Sign in’ at the top right of the google.co.uk or google.com page …
If your computer remembers any old Google sign-ins used on this computer you’ll see something like this screen (otherwise skip to the next screen below) …
If one of them belongs to you, then sign in with it, otherwise, click ‘Use another account’ and you’ll see this screen …
Click ‘Create account’. You will see a screen like this, asking for you to create a Google account …
If you want to create a Google Account, but do NOT want a gmail address, simply click ‘Use my current email address instead’
You should now be able to fill in your details and create your Google account
Note: In this process, Google insists on you entering a birth date. It does not have to be your real birthday. However, be aware that, the way social media works, you might get people wishing you happy birthday on the day you enter here 😉
For more information on Google Docs click here to see our using Google Docs with Zoom page