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Lowther Hall Nora Collisson Centre (Library): Google Drive

Google Drive

What is it?

Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) is a free online space to create, edit, store and share documents, presentations, spreadsheets, forms and files.

Google Drive syncs to the cloud, meaning your work is available from anywhere, at anytime.

Why should I use it?

  • It's great for group assignments - you can easily share a file and multiple people can work on it at the same time!
  • It's in the 'cloud' - you can access your work from anywhere, at anytime. You can never lose your homework!
  • It's a word processing tool for your iPad or computer - no need for Microsoft Word, Pages, or other applications.
  • It has version history - you can view all changes that have been made to a file (and revert back to an older version if you make a mistake!)

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Different Google Drive functions

Google Drive has a variety of file types that can be used for different functions:


Can't find a shared document? Try looking in "Shared with me" rather than "My Drive".

Shared items will appear here unless you select "Add to Drive". Then it will be synced to your Drive folder on your PC.

  1. Click Shared with me.
  2. Select the files or folders you'd like to have synced.
  3. Click the Add to My Drive button at the top of the page. The selected files will automatically sync to the Google Drive folder on your computer.

More help

Google Docs in Plain English

Getting Started


  1. Go to
  2. Type in your Lowther Hall email address but do not enter a password!
  3. Click Sign In
  4. Enter your LH username and password
  5. Click Sign in

Get the App:

  1. Search for "Google Drive" in the App Store or click here. Available for iPad, iPhone or Android.
  2. Repeat the login instructions above.

Get the Desktop App:

  1. Go to
  2. Click the Download Google Drive for your PC button.
  3. Follow installation instructions.
  4. When you are prompted, follow the login instructions above.

Create a document

On your PC:

  1. Sign in to Google Drive at (see instructions on the right of this page)
  2. Click the red "new" button and select document.
  3. When you create a new document, Google will name it Untitled by default. To change this, click on the title, or go to file > rename document.
  4. You can type and edit your document like you would in any other word processing program.
  5. Google continuously saves your work, so there's no Save button. If "All changes are saved" displays next to the menu bar, you can close the screen without losing any work.

On your iPad:

  1. Open up your iPad app and tap the + in the top right corner.
  2. Select document
  3. Name your document and tap "create"
  4. You can type and edit your document like you would in other apps. Tap "fonts" to change the text size, colour and font.
  5. Google continuously saves your work, so there's no Save button. Tap "done", then "close" to exit.

Share a document

On your computer:

1.   Open up the document you want to share
2.   Click the blue "share" button in the top right hand corner
3.   Copy the link to share with a large group of people. They will only be able to view the link by default. To change, click "change"

4.   To collaborate with a few individuals, enter their email address under "invite people". They will be able to edit by default. To change this, click "can edit".


On your iPad:

1.   Open the Google Drive App

2.   Tap the arrow to the right of an item's name to open the details panel.

3.   Tap the + next to "who has access" enter email address under "add people"







When you share your document, you can allow people to:

  • View - they cannot make any changes
  • Edit - they cannot make changes, but can make comments
  • Comment - they can make changes and comments

To view any changes that have been made to a document:

1.   Open the document in Google Drive

2.   Select File > Version history > See version history.

3.   Click on a time and date to see the document at the time. Any changes made by a particular collaborator will be shown in the color assigned to that individual in the revision history pane.

4.   To revert to the version you're currently viewing, click Restore this version. To return to the the current version, click the back arrow in the upper left of the page.