• Google Drive

  • Basics

    Google Drive: The Basics

    New to the cloud? Watch this - Common Craft video 

    • What is Google Drive?
      • Cloud storage for all your files
      • Ease of accessibility - get your files from any Internet-connected device

    • To Log in, go to https://drive.google.com. Log in with your PISD Credentials: Full email address (for students, this address ends in @mypisd.net) and your network password.

    • Storage Space
      • G-Suite (school) accounts are unlimited
      • Personal accounts are limited to 15G

    • H Drive vs My Drive
      • Similar in that they are both "private"
      • To access H drive, you must be in PISD network; to access My Drive, all you need is internet access

    • S Drive vs Shared With Me
      • S Drive
        • Someone can edit, move, manipulate
        • Not 100% private
      • Shared With Me
    • Differences between Microsoft Suite Client (downloaded version) and Google Apps (Neither is perfect - each has pros/cons)
      • Google:
        • Ability to have real-time collaboration
        • Multiple contributors can edit at the same time
        • Accessible via web/app
        • Free
        • No file size limits (EDU version)
      • Microsoft:
        • Has been around longer, sometimes has more advanced tools
        • Hardware-based
        • No Internet connection required 

  • Creating a Google Doc

    Creating a Google Doc

    • Click +New > Google Doc (or Google Sheets or Google Slides)
    • Blank doc comes up in a new window
    • Each doc has its own web address instead of a file extension

  • File Management

    File Management

    • Upload a single File from your H: or S: drive by clicking +New > File upload
    • Upload a Folder from your H: or S: drive by clicking +New > Folder upload
    • Move folders/files by clicking and dragging
    • Create a folder by clicking +New > Folder
    • Change the color of a Google Drive folder by right-clicking > Change color
    • E-mail/sharing
      • you can share a Doc rather than attaching a document to an email
      • instead, you attach an email address to the Doc!
    • When you delete items in Google Drive, you are moving it to the Trash. It will remain in the Trash for 30 days or until you empty the Trash folder. 

  • Google Docs: Force Users to Make a Copy

    Google Docs: Force Users to Make a Copy

    To force users to make a copy of your doc, highlight the word edit in the URL: 

    Sample URL with "edit" highlighted

    ... and then replace edit with the word copy:

    Sample URL with the word "copy" highlighted


    Instructions on how to force a copy including comments

  • Google Docs: Insert Bookmarks

    Google Docs: Insert Bookmarks

    Use bookmarks to link within a document to a specific section or page. Great for multipage docs, handbooks, or detailed files.

    Create a bookmark: 

    1. In the Google Doc, click where you want the bookmark.
    2. Click Insert > Bookmark.

    Link to a bookmark: 

    1. In the Google Doc, select the text you want to link from.
    2. Click Insert > Link.
    3. In the window that opens, click Bookmarks. A list will show the bookmarks in your document.
    4. Click the bookmark you want to link to Apply.

    To remove the link or bookmark, click it, then click Remove.

    View How to Gif by Jake Miller:

    Insert bookmarks in Docs gif

    Ref:  Jake Miller: 5 Ways to Link to Parts of Google Docs


  • Google Docs: Prevent Users from Downloading, Printing or Making a Copy

    Google Docs: Prevent Users From Making a Copy

    To prevent users from making a copy of your doc, click on Share button > Settings gear: 

    Hotspot share cog

    ... and then uncheck the box: Viewers and commenters can see the option to download, print, and copy:

    Share settings

  • Google Doc: Publish to Web

    Check the Sharing Settings

    1. Make sure the sharing settings are appropriate for your purpose. For example, if sharing with people outside of the PISD organization (parents with a Gmail address), change the sharing settings to "Anyone with the link" and make them Viewers. 

    google doc sharing settings

    Publish to the Web

    1. Click on File

    2. Publish to the web

    file, publish to the web

    3. Follow the prompts to finish publishing. 

    4. Copy and paste the publish link where your users can access it. For example, in an email/your website/teacher page. 

  • Install Google File Stream on Desktop/Laptop

    Google Drive File Stream

    Install Google Drive File Stream to access Google Drive from your Windows Explorer Files. This is only available on Desktops or Laptops. It is not available on Chromebooks.


    1. Click on the App Depot tile on your Windows Desktop dashboard. 
    2. In the Search bar (top right), search for Google Drive File Stream (it may be on the Applications page when you open App Depot).
    3. Click on the image, then click Install

      App Depot 

      Google Drive File Stream icon


      1. Click on Windows Explorer Files folder
      2. Click on Google Drive (G:)
      3. Click on My Drive

      Windows Explorer File                   

      Google Drive (G:)

      • Leaving the District & End-of-Year Clean-Up

        Visit our page Google Drive: Leaving the District (located on the left side of this page)

      • Remove Duplicate Files

        TCEA Blog post: Google Drive Cleaner: Remove Duplicate Files

      • Settings: Convert to Google Docs Format

        Change Upload Settings to convert uploaded documents to Google Docs format

        Turning this on will automatically convert an uploaded Word/Excel/PowerPoint file to a Google Doc/Sheet/Slide format.

        • Click the gear at the top right of the Google Drive home page, then click Settings

        google drive settings

        • Check the box next to "Convert uploaded files to Google Docs editor format" then click Done.
        • You only have to do this one time, ever.

          Google Drive Settings - Convert uploads

      • Sharing


        Sharing files and/or folders allows you to collaborate with others on a document in real-time. You can also set the sharing settings to just enable others to view/comment but not edit. 

        If you're in an open Google Doc, click the Share button on the top right.


        If you're in your Google Drive, right-click the doc/folder that you'd like to share. Then choose Share

        right-click share

        Sharing Settings: Share with Plano ISD

        • Only select this if you don't mind students being able to see the document, as well as staff. 

        pisd link

        • If you want the document to be viewable ONLY to Plano ISD staff, then you'll need to:
          • enter the email address "allstaff@pisd.edu",
          • change the rights from Editor to Viewer (unless you want others to edit),
          • uncheck the box to notify (otherwise every staff member will receive an email),
          • and restrict access to specific users (which is the default). 

        all staff email sharing

        Sharing Settings: Google Support page

        Detailed instructions: Google Drive Sharing Settings

      • Uploading a Word/Excel/PowerPoint File

        Uploading a Word/Excel/PowerPoint File

        Click on +New, then File upload. Then you will locate the Word/Excel/PowerPoint file to upload. 

        upload file

        If you want to keep it as a .docx (.xlsx or .pptx file), it will not be editable unless you convert it. So you'd essentially be storing the document in Drive. You can always convert it to a Google Doc/Sheet/Slide (which makes it editable) by opening the file from Drive and clicking Open With, Google Docs
        convert word to google docs

        After converting the Word/Excel/PowerPoint file to a Google Doc, a duplicate is made: 

        google doc vs word doc
        Upload Settings

        To change your settings to automatically convert Microsoft files (Word/Excel/PowerPoint) to Google Docs (Doc/Sheet/Slide), see the section on this site titled "Settings: Convert to Google Docs Format".

      • Support


        Google for Education Teacher Center - courses on Fundamentals, Advanced, Certifications, etc.

        Learn by Product - Google Sheets, Docs, Slides, Forms, etc.

        Digital Learning Team - pisd.edu/dlt - reach out for team trainings or one-on-one support. 

      • Delete and restore files in Google Drive

        Important: Starting October 13, 2020, Google Drive files are automatically deleted forever after they've been in your trash for 30 consecutive days. Learn more here.
        To delete your Google Drive files, move them to the trash. You can also restore your files or empty the trash to permanently delete them. If you delete, restore, or permanently delete multiple files or folders at once, it might take time for you to notice the changes.


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