Installing and using Google Drive
Posted by Aaron Klein on 18 September 2013 03:25 PM

Installing Google Drive on your computer (PC or MAC)

The first step is to login to your college email account by going to

Once logged into your college email account click on the Drive menu in the top navigation bar.


Once you see your Google Drive space there should be a button that says "Download Google Drive for PC" or "Download Google Drive for MAC"


Click on this button and download the installer to your computer.  Visit your downloads location and run the Google Drive installer.  On Windows systems you should see something like this once the installer starts.


Once Google Drive has been installed you should see a screen asking you to login to your Google account.


Click the Sign in Now button and enter your college email address on a screen similar to this.  You do not need to enter your password as you will be redirected to the official  Bridgewater College Single Sign On screen once you click the Sign In button.


When the official Bridgewater College Single Sign On window appears as shown below enter your college username (NOT YOUR FULL EMAIL ADDRESS) and your college password and click Log in.



After signing into your Google Drive you're almost ready to go.  There are two additional windows that come up that help explain how Google Drive works.  Examples are included below.


When you see the second of the Getting Started screens you can either click "Start sync" or "Advanced setup" Under Advanced setup you can change where your Google Drive files are placed on your computer as well as a few other options.  A screen shot of the advanced setup screen is below.  If you already have files and folders stored on your Google Drive you will also see folders listed in the section where it says "Only sync some folders to this computer".  By default Google Drive will sync ALL the files and folders you have stored on your Google Drive to your PC.  You may have files you wish to only store on the web version of Google Drive or if you have Google Drive installed on multiple computers you may not want all of your folders synced to all of your computers and this is where you can specify the subset of folders to have Google Drive sync on any given computer that you have it installed.  Under normal situations there is no need to go into advanced setup and most users can just click Start sync.



After clicking Start sync a Windows Explorer window will open on Windows systems and you will see a new Favorite save location labeled Google Drive.  Below is an example of what you may see.


Going forward any files you save to the Google Drive folder under Favorites or under C:\Users\USERNAME\Googe Drive (the default location for the Google Drive folder) will automatically sync to your web Google Drive storage and as such is instantly backed up in the event that something occurs to your system or its hard drive.  Note, if you delete a file from your Google Drive folder it WILL also be removed from the Google Drive web storage.  Below is a sample of saving a document to Google Drive from within Word.  As you can see if have simply selected the Google Drive folder under Favorites and once I name the file and select Save the document is saved to both your local computer and to your Google Drive web storage.


Now that Google Drive is installed on your system you will see the following Icon in your task bar.  In the image below I have marked the Google Drive icon by placing it within the box.  When Google Drive is syncing you will see this icon be animated.  At any time you can right click on this icon and get several Google Drive menu options.



Google has provided applications for iOS, Android as well as Window Phone and 8 RT and Pro.  Look for these apps in the corresponding application stores for your device.  Users will then be able to access their Google Drive files from any of their devices.


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