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Google Docs keeps getting better, but some people just feel more comfortable using a desktop application rather than a browser. If you’re one of those people, you might get a fair bit of use out of GDocsDrive. As the title for this post suggests, GDocsDrive basically lets you do anything you can do with Google Docs, from the comfort of your desktop.

If you happen to like it, we’ve got 25 copies of GDocsDrive worth $475 to give away!

Contrary to what the name may suggest, GDocsDrive does not take up a drive letter on your computer, and is not mapped to a local folder. Instead, it’s a self-contained Windows application. Let’s take a quick look at the main window:


To the left is the folder tree, just like in the Web interface. Navigation is quite snappy – folders are not preloaded but load right when you open them, so the entire tree feels responsive and does not take a long time to cache on startup.

When you double-click a document, it opens using the Web interface. But if you just want to download it as a Word document for local editing, you can right-click it, open the Export menu, and select one of the numerous options Google Docs offers:


To upload a file, simply drag and drop it onto the app. You would then get a window similar to this:


You can also upload entire folders. I was unable to upload files to my Google Apps account, but my “regular” Google account worked without a hitch.

You can also share (and unshare) files right from within GDocsDrive:


You can also rename documents, and create new folders. Interestingly, I was unable to move a document into a folder just by dragging it onto the folder. Other than that, I could do pretty much do anything I could think of, and it all feels like I’m working with a desktop app rather than a Web-based one.

GDocsDrive retails for $19.00 and you may purchase a copy here. Otherwise, join our giveaway to win a free copy!

How Do I Win A Copy?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.

Step 1: Fill In The Giveaway Form

Please fill in the form with your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner. Click here if you can’t view the form.

The giveaway is over.

Step 2: Share!

You’re almost done. Now, all that’s left to do is to share the post. There are 2 options to choose from or you can do both!

Like it on Facebook

Or share it on Twitter

This giveaway begins now and ends Sunday, May 29th at 2100hrs PDT. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.

Spread the word to your friends and have fun!

MakeUseOf would like to thank GDocsDrive for their generosity while participating in this giveaway. Interested in sponsoring? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via email.

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  1. judybug424
    May 25, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I love reading MakeUseOf articles; it's always a giveaway day when you "like" them. Now GDocsDrive is joining with MUO to give away 25 copies. Thanks MakeUseOf and GDocsDrive!

  2. Anonymous
    May 25, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Hey everyone,

    Very sorry for this error. We'll be fixing it shortly but you can participate in the giveaway right now, too! Turns out the giveaway code isn't necessary -- just enter any code, and it will count.

    Regardless, we hope to have this fixed in no time.

  3. Eyal
    May 24, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    The code doesn't work...

  4. Lonnie
    May 24, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Contest code does not work

  5. Doc Angelika
    May 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    yap! the same, looks not serious..... :-<

  6. digideth
    May 24, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    If you are going to run a contest make sure the dam thing works before you go live with it.

    Your ridiculous Facebook app will not give a code for this contest.

    Round and Round we go.... forget it I am done with the bs contest to generate facebook traffic.

    Very Very Annoyed.

  7. Jim Aspinwall
    May 24, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    unfortunately the giveaway code link shows two other items but nothing for GoogleDocsDrive

    • Tina
      May 24, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      Thank you for alerting us, Jim. We will be looking into it asap.

      • skyfree
        May 25, 2011 at 1:04 am

        code on Facebook  is for Illumination and Pixelmator, not for GDocsDrive.

      • digideth
        May 25, 2011 at 6:15 am

         7 hours later.... the form on this page finally displays properly.

        Correct code from facebook  app... nope wrong codes are still being shown.


  8. sean
    May 24, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    seems awfully pointless, just as easy to use the web for the whole thing