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 …

Extension Technology: 2015 by the numbers


Looking back this past month, we have reflected on what a big year our team had in 2015. 

We changed how our staff receive desktop support, upgraded all (all!) of our servers, survived and supported a massive upgrade of University enterprise systems, and hired a new academic technologist--all while keeping our usual services like registration and tech training in flight. As is our tradition on our team, we summarized our most quantifiable metrics into an infographic using Piktochart


Looking forward, Extension Technology has lots of plans for 2016. 

Some of our bigger ideas are these:

  • More engagement with Extension’s educational program teams
  • Further implementation of the UMN's non-credit registration system in Extension
  • Develop an implementation plan for Salesforce in Extension
  • Increased options for standardized hardware 
  • Increase awareness and quantity of training opportunities for all Extension staff, especially focused on newly implemented tools
  • Deliver shippable development products in a more timely and agile process
  • Improve conference room ease-of-use across Extension
  • Work to articulate and promote the value of our team 
What ideas or efforts do you think we should be prioritizing? We'd love to hear your perspective.


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