Access your Drive files with Google File Stream

With Google Drive File Stream, you can access all all of your Google My Drive and Team Drive files directly from your computer without having to open a browser. You can also select files to make available for offline use for when you don’t have an internet connection.

When you install Drive File Stream on your computer, it creates a drive in Windows Explorer named Google Drive File Stream. All of your My Drive and Team Drive files will appear there. You can transfer files between your computer and Drive or browse and organize your Drive files right in Windows Explorer.

The File Stream app also allows you to open files directly within applications like Microsoft Word. When you click File > Open, just browse to the Google File Stream Drive to locate your file.

If you used the old Google Drive Desktop App, you may have received a notification that it would no longer work after May 12, 2018. Google File Stream is a recommended replacement for the Google Drive Desktop App. Another option …

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts! How much do we love Hangouts? So. Much. Hangouts are Google's video call technology and because it's all integrated with gmail, they are a cinch to use. If you don't already agree, this article is for you!

When you are looking for a super easy way to have a video call, this is your answer. A Hangout can host 15 people on one call. It is useful for all kinds of things... team meetings, one-on-ones, project check-ins, presenting, training, trip planning, seeing the grandkids, seeing the granddogs, it slices, it dices, er, sorry. Got carried away!
Also there is a new(ish) feature of Hangouts called, "Hangouts On Air." With this type of Hangout, you can have unlimited people watch (not participate via video but they can chat) AND they get automatically put on YouTube after you're done. Neat, right?

I have made a handy video that shows basic hangout stuff, troubleshooting tips, the mobile app, and Google Hangouts on Air! Sorry it is 10 minutes but I promise to make you laugh.


Here's me and Alison Link recording a Hangout On Air for demonstration purposes. I think I did everything right on this one. Let's see...natural light, check.... rule of thirds, check... interesting background, check... eloquent content coming out of my mouth, d'OH! Did I actually tell people to use an overhead projector?! GAH!

If you haven't tried a Hangout or a Hangout on Air, I hope this module inspires you to add one to your week. If you want a safe place to try one out, just ask any member of Extension Technology to hangout with you or better yet, leave a comment to connect with another Quick Byter!


  1. This Quick Byte was great. I however cannot find where in hangout air that one can choose to incorporate the bottom third of the screen titles as you have in the second video. I would love to know how to do that . . . any suggestions????


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