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 …

Using Office Mix to Create Videos in PowerPoint

Office Mix is a free PowerPoint add-in that allows you to record audio or video of yourself presenting, write on your slides as you speak and even do a screen recording if you want to demonstrate something. In an April Quick Bytes post, I shared how you can record audio right in PowerPoint (2013 or later) and save it as an MP4 video. Office Mix makes recording easier with a toolbar that contains the needed tools for recording.

Office Mix software

Office Mix is a free download from After installation, Office Mix has its own tab on the ribbon in PowerPoint.

Office Mix ribbon
The buttons you will likely use on the Office Mix ribbon are Slide Recording, Screen Recording, Export to Video and Preview. While Mix is great for narration and screen recording, it includes some additional interactive features such as adding quizzes, web pages and apps that do not convert to MP4 video and are not recommended. MP4 is the best option for sharing video and uploading to YouTube.

Slide Recording

With your presentation open in PowerPoint, on the Mix tab, click the Slide Recording button. This opens the recording mode.

In recording mode, you will see your slide presentation in the main body of the screen. To the right you will see the audio and video panel where you can select audio and video inputs and check your volume. If you want to draw on your slides, you can choose a pen size and ink color.

At the top you will see your slide notes and when you are ready, click Record. During your recording, you can draw on your slides, trigger slide animations and advance to the next slide.
Record one slide at a time. If you mess up your recording, click Stop and preview your recording or delete and re-record your slide. When you are done, click the close button. You are now back in PowerPoint’s normal slide view.

Re-recording a single slide

Your audio recording is saved with your file so you can re-record or edit your presentation at any time.

Screen Recording

You can use screen recording to record anything on your computer. The recording can be included as part of a narrated PowerPoint video or can be saved as its own video. To record your computer screen, open the application or webpage that you want to show. You will be prompted to define the area/window you want to record. Click Record when you are ready to demonstrate. Audio is optional but it makes for a better recording. To pause or stop recording, hover your mouse over the top of the screen and press stop or pause.

Export to Video

To create an MP4 video, click Export to Video from the Mix tab. If you plan to upload to YouTube, choose Full HD. It may take some time to create your video. 

Here is a Mix I created that explains this whole process:


  1. This is great Karen - I did not know Office Mix even existed. Likely a good alternative to Adobe Presenter in many uses cases.


    1. Thanks Todd! So far the Educators that have used it really like it. I think it's a great alternative to Presenter -- especially if you upload to YouTube which gives you closed captioning and analytics. I'd like to hear your thoughts after you give it a try.


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