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 …

How to shorten a link (URL) and track it


z.umn.edu website

Link shorteners such as bit.ly, tinyurl and goo.gl are popular services that take long URLs and create them into shorter links, making them easier to share. The University has a URL shortening service at z.umn.edu. This service has been around for a long time but not everyone knows about it.

When and why use a shortened link?

For print: You should shorten a URL if you are sharing a URL in print. For example, which URL would you rather put in your print publication?


It's easy to remember: If you have University-related content that you will share with a lot of people and it will be around for awhile, it’s an easy way to remember the URL.

In Social Media: You should shorten a URL if you are sharing University-related content on social media sites. Short URL's are easier to read on mobile devices.

Analytics: Track how many people clicked on your link, when and where they are from.



Why use z.umn.edu over other tools?

  1. People will associate the short link with the University and know that it is okay to click on the link. They are less likely to trust another short URL (e.g. bit.ly).
  2. It requires authentication and every time you log back into z.umn.edu, you can view or edit your links and see statistics on them.

Give it a try!

  1. Copy the URL you want to shorten
  2. Log into z.umn.edu
  3. Paste your URL into the Enter the URL box
  4. Optional: enter a custom short URL
  5. Click Shorten the URL
As always, we welcome your questions and comments! Thank you.

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