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5 ways to get more out of Google Drive storage

Michael Ansaldo | July 14, 2015
You may love it for its free productivity suite, but Google Drive is first and foremost a cloud storage service. As the nexus of Google's other services, its 15GB of free space can be leveraged to improve almost any productivity task. Here are a few ways you can maximize your Drive.

To do this, open the folder containing all the files and click the share icon (it looks like a person with plus sign next to it) in the upper right. Enter the email addresses for each person you want to share the folder with and select the type of access for them--for folders you can give them either viewing or editing privileges. Type any instructions in the message field and hit send. Each recipient will be notified that you've share a folder with them. Once you've shared a folder, any files you add to it will be shared with the same access rights.

4. Save web content

One of the perks of data collection apps like Evernote and Microsoft's OneNote is the ability to easily capture content from the web and save it online. You can do much the same in Google Drive with the help of the Save to Google Drive extension for the Chrome browser.

Once you've installed the extension, click the Drive icon in the Chrome toolbar to save the currently viewed webpage. You can save it as a screenshot (the whole page or just the visible portion), a web archive, or HTML by configuring the extension options. You can also save any documents, images, links, or HTML5 audio and video by right clicking on the object and selecting Save to Google Drive from the drop-down menu.

5. Manage your Drive space

If you find yourself bumping up against Google Drive's 15GB storage limit, you can always check which of Google's services--Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos--are eating up the most space by hovering over the usage data in the lower left corner of your Drive page. Clicking on it will show you the same data in a pie chart.

From there, you can either start pruning files or upgrade to a paid plan. Currently, Google offers 100GB for $2/month, 1TB for $10/month, 10TB for $100/month, 20TB for $200/month, and 30TB for $300/month.


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