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If you use Google Drive regularly, adopting a few good time-saving habits could result in a much faster workflow than you have now. Take these three, for example.

1. Create new files using bookmarks. If you want to create a new Google Document, you can do it in a single shot by going to Doing this opens up a new document right there.

Replace “docs” with “sheets” in the above URL if you want a Google Spreadsheet, with “slides” if you want a Google Presentation, with “drawings” if you want a Google Drawing, and so on.

Save these URLs as bookmarks and you won’t need more than a couple of clicks to create any type of new file in Google Drive.


2. Start with a template. Templates are a sensible (and awesome!) way to tackle repetitive tasks with minimal fuss 24 Google Docs Templates That Will Make Your Life Easier 24 Google Docs Templates That Will Make Your Life Easier Templates can save you lots of time. We compiled 24 time-saving Google Docs templates for work, health, home, and travel. Get on with your projects, rather than struggling with putting together documents. Read More — tasks like creating outlines, newsletters, checklists, etc.

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You can begin with one of the default templates via the home screen of the type of template that you want to create. For example, if you want to use a Google Docs template, visit

3. Add shared files to your Drive. When people share files with you on Google Drive, you’ll see them listed in the Shared with me section. But they’re not actually in your Drive. Only the links to them are.


You can save those shared files to your Drive. That’s what the Add to Drive button in the toolbar at the top is for.

For getting more out of this popular cloud storage service, bookmark our guide to Google Drive The Only Google Drive Guide You'll Ever Need to Read The Only Google Drive Guide You'll Ever Need to Read Google Drive is the perfect combination of online file storage and document management tools. We explain how to best use Google Drive on- and offline, by yourself and in collaboration with others. Read More .

What are your secrets for a fast and smooth Google Drive workflow? Share them with us in the comments!

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