Google Drive is a powerful business tool in its own right, especially when partnered with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. But a number of Chrome browser extensions can add more file management features and other tricks to Google’s cloud storage and office apps.
If you regularly use Google Drive through Chrome or Chrome OS, consider adding the following extensions to make working with Drive and Google productivity apps better and more efficient.
1. AwesomeDrive for Google Drive
If you use Microsoft Office and your Office documents are stored in Google Drive, GalingDrive It is appropriate. Once the Chrome extension is installed, you can open an Office document from Google Drive and it will load into the Microsoft Office application (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) installed on your computer.
After you edit and save the document in Office, its new version will be saved back to Google Drive. That way, AwesomeDrive saves you from having to manually download your Office documents from Google Drive and re-upload them after you’ve done them in Microsoft Office.
2. Checker Plus for Google Drive / 3. Drive Anywhere
Checker Plus lets you access Google Drive and manage your files without having to open your Google Drive home screen in a Chrome tab. Clicking the Checker Plus icon on the Chrome toolbar will open a panel showing your files in your Google Drive. Here you can browse or search for files, as well as delete or rename them.
When you click on a filename, the document will open in the appropriate Google office app within a new browser tab. You can also copy shareable web links to files, star items to keep track of them easily, and upload files from your computer to Google Drive.
In addition, Checker Plus can alert you whenever a file in your Google Drive has changed (such as a document you share with someone to edit). These alerts are sent as notification cards that pop up from the bottom right corner of your computer desktop and from the Checker Plus icon on the Chrome toolbar.
Drive Anywhere is similar to Checker Plus, but with fewer functions to manage your files. So why would you consider using it? Drive Anywhere lets you download your files through its toolbar panel, something you can’t do with Checker Plus.
While Checker Plus and Drive Anywhere provide a quick way to find files in Google Drive without having to open your Drive home screen first, OmniDrive makes it faster by adding the ability to search your Drive files right from the Chrome address bar (the “Omnibox” in Google lingo).
You type a word drive in the address bar, followed by a space. Once you type that space, “OmniDrive” will appear at the beginning of the address bar. Now type the filename or a word or phrase in the document you want to find in Google Drive and hit Enter. Your Google Drive page opens in a browser window and displays search results.
One caveat: This extension hasn’t been updated in many years, but it still works, and its code is publicly available as open source.
5. Quickly Create Google Docs
This extension lets you quickly start a new document, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, or Google Drive form. Click Create Google Docs Quickly icon on the Chrome toolbar, and a panel opens displaying icon shortcuts. Click on one to launch the corresponding Google Drive office app (Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.) within a new browser tab.
6. Open using Google Drive Viewer
This extension can be convenient for viewing documents and other files on the web without having to download them first. By right-clicking on the web link in the document and selecting Open with Google Drive Viewer from the pane that opens, the extension will load the linked document into the appropriate Google office app. (You may need to reload the browser tab to display the document, especially if it’s a .ppt file.)
Supported files include Microsoft Office formats (.doc / .docx, .ppt / .pptx, .xls / .xlsx) as well as .txt and .zip files, PDF, and more.
7. Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides
Google’s Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides The extension is useful if you work frequently with Microsoft Office documents but prefer to use the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps.
When you drag and drop a Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file stored on your computer into a Chrome browser window, it will automatically load into the appropriate Google office app for you to view and edit-so ‘ t an open in Google Docs, .xls / .xlsx in Google Sheets, and .ppt / .pptx in Google Slides.
You can also open a Microsoft Office document within the appropriate Google office app by pressing Ctrl-O while in Chrome and selecting the document on your computer.
True, for the past two years Docs, Sheets, and Slides have been able to edit naturally Office-formatted files, but only if you upload them to Google Drive first. This extension lets you open a formatted file on your computer directly from Chrome.
Note: On Chrome OS, this extension is installed by default.
8. Save Emails to Google Drive
CloudHQ’s Save Emails to Google Drive the extension works with your Gmail and Google Drive accounts together. It converts an email in your Gmail account to PDF format and stores it in your Google Drive. This can be useful if you have business or legal correspondence that must be archived as PDFs for easy printing or sharing with others.
To do this, open an email message in Gmail. Click the “Save to” button on the toolbar above your email and select “Save to Google Drive” from the drop-down pane. You’ll be shown a window listing the folders in your Google Drive; select the one where you want to save the PDF of the message, along with any attached files that have it.
This extension also works from the home screen of your Gmail user account. Select one or more emails from here and click the “Download as PDF” icon in the toolbar above the email subject headings. A drop-down pane lets you save all the emails you select as separate PDFs, combine them into one PDF, or just save the attachments to these emails. The PDFs created, and any attachments to these emails, are saved in a folder of your choice in Google Drive.
CloudHQ uses its own server to do this trick. (See company security at privacy policies.) You can convert and save up to 50 of your Gmail messages per month for free. You have to pay for a Premium plan at $ 15 per month to convert and save an unlimited number of emails.
9. Save to Google Drive
Here is another useful Chrome extension from the developers of Google Drive. With Save to Google Drive, you can store items you find while browsing the web, such as documents, images, and media, directly in Google Drive without having to download them first. For example, if you want to save an image that you see in the browser window, right-click it and then click Save Image to Google Drive from the pane that opens.
Saving to Google Drive also adds its icon to the Chrome toolbar; when clicked, it will screen-capture the web page in the currently active browser tab and upload this image to your Google Drive. It can be set to do this in one of five ways: as a screen capture of the entire page layout, as a screen capture of the page section visible in the browser window, as the HTML source file of the page , as an MHT web archive file, or as a document you can edit in Google Docs.
This article was originally published in January 2018 and updated in May 2021.
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