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If you’re using Google Docs in any capacity, you might have gotten a notice about a switch to Google Drive. If you were wondering what that means, or if you haven’t heard of the switch, it’s all pretty simple. Following the launch of Google Drive Get 5GB of Free Cloud Storage With Google Drive [Updates] Get 5GB of Free Cloud Storage With Google Drive [Updates] Read More several months ago, Google has now decided to turn Drive into its sole cloud storage service, and is therefore eliminating what we came to know as Google Docs. But what does that mean for your files?

In reality, not much. According to Google, “Google Drive is the new home for all your files and folders including your Google documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. This means all your files that were previously stored in Google Docs will now be available in Google Drive”. To put it simply, Google is taking all the files you have stored in Google Docs, and moving them to Google Drive. You might already see the change in your Google Bar.

Another way to look at it is simply as an interface change. Your files are unchanged, but instead of using the Google Docs interface, you will now be using Google Drive. Even your old links to your Google Docs will simply redirect to the new Google Drive links. If you’ve never used Google Drive before, you’ll see this message next time you access Google Docs:

You can use the link provided to set up your Google Drive account. Once you make the switch, you’ll see that while it’s now called Drive, it looks almost identical to what you were used to in Docs. The major differences are the Google Drive desktop app you can download, and the ability to upload any file to your Doc/Drive account.


All in all, you probably have nothing to worry about. You might even like the switch to Drive and the new features it provides.

Were you already using Drive or will you start using it now? What do you think of the switch?

Source: Google Drive Blog

  1. Daniel Wells
    October 16, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I think that this is a good idea.

  2. Linda
    September 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    The link on my blog to Google Docs is broken now... can I share my Google Drive link in its place and will readers be able to access my docs?


    • Yaara Lancet
      September 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Try looking for the answer here:

      If you can't find how to do exactly what you need, you could also try asking on MakeUseOf Answers, someone could have an idea:

    • Mary
      October 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      In Google Docs you could have one doc in multiple folders In Google Drive this doesn't seem to be the case. Is this feature no longer available?

      • Yaara Lancet
        October 11, 2012 at 1:36 am

        I think you can hold down the ctrl or command button when selecting folders in "Organize", and then you can have the same file in multiple folders.

  3. HLJonnalagadda
    September 23, 2012 at 9:45 am

    About time!

  4. Angel Vinod
    September 19, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I l<3ve google drive.

  5. Angel Vinod
    September 19, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I don't know why my google drive is not opening these days, its so useful.

  6. GrrGrrr
    September 19, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Google docs were not blocked in office, but unfortunately Google Drive is.

    so bye-bye

  7. Viren Sakariya
    September 19, 2012 at 4:08 am

    is this happened earlier or not? i think i have this task been done very earlier.

  8. bonioloff
    September 19, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Google docs, is a good service from google..
    Can update where ever you are, if there is a good internet connection..
    No need office apps, or anything like that...
    Just perfect..

  9. josemon maliakal
    September 19, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Google drive is a good feature ,but The only worry I have is , Google ignored this feature for linux based operating systems

    • Timo Reimerdes
      September 20, 2012 at 5:34 am

      Hm, like android? (scnr)

  10. Siddhant Chaurasia
    September 19, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Thank You I didn't even know about this!

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