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 File Expiration Dates

Did you know that you can set an expiration date to your shared Google files and folders? This feature is great when your team is working on a project and you need to give people an access which expires automatically after a specific date, or when you share files with external partners.

The expiration dates can be set for users with Comment or View access only. Expiration dates can not be set for users with Edit access or for file owners. Setting an expiration date will automatically change the user access to Can Comment.

How to set an expiration date?

  1. Right-click on a file or folder, click Share and enter the email address of the person you want to share the file with.
  2. Click Advanced
  3. Click Send to send invitation to the person
  4. After the file or folder is shared, click the clock icon and set an expiration date under Access expires. Use a preset or custom date.
  5. Click Save changes
If the person tries to access a file after expiration, they will be denied access.

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Demo: set expiration date to Google files