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 …

Piktochart and some Infographics



It's no secret around here, I am a huge fan of a free, online tool called Piktochart. I use it all the time to make infographics, usually shamelessly self-promoting our team. For example, this one!


I just have so much fun with these. You can upload your own images, so that's how I got little IT Goldy, our team pic, and even some branding on there. Then you can download as a PNG (image file) or share via a link (or even embed on the web with iframes, for you fellow nerds). Pretty handy.

Another one that our team has made for many years is our "By the Numbers" infographic (below). Infographics lend themselves especially well to this kind of thing. Numbers buried in paragraphs aren't as compelling. I embedded this one so the links in there are even live--nice, huh?



One thing to be aware of is that these infographics are very visual, and likely make their information difficult for visually impaired readers to get at. For this reason, I like these to be a supplement to the usual forms of information. Kind of a "cliff's notes" version of a real information source.

I've also used Piktochart to make presentations, which are super easy to create. You might want to be sure you have a good internet where you'll be presenting it. The presentations feature gives you a series of slide-sized infographics to page through.

Try it out and let us know what you do with it!

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  1. We use Piktochart in FD to quickly share complex information in a visually appealing way. The ability to have it as an image allows us then to embed that image into a PPT or print piece complete with Extension branding. Example http://www.extension.umn.edu/family/health-and-nutrition/partner-with-us/snap-ed/docs/snaped-works.pdf

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