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04 May, 2022
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Google Drive for desktop

Drive for desktop gives you direct access to files on all your devices without taking up too much disk space. All your copies are synchronised. As soon as you make changes on one device, they are almost instantly applied on your other devices.

Install Drive for desktop

If Drive for Desktop has not been installed by your organization yet, you can do this yourself (if allowed by your domain administrator). Drive for desktop is available for both Windows and Mac devices.


  1. Open “Google Drive”
  2. Click on the cogwheel
  3. Kies voor “Download Drive for desktop”.
  4. On the next page, click on the button “Download Drive for desktop”. (The Drive for Desktop application is downloaded to the hard disk of your Windows or Mac computer. Install the application).
  5. Open the installation file and choose “continue” (Drive for desktop is installed on the Windows or Mac computer).

After running the installation program, you will be asked to sign in to your Google account.

Opening files

When you install Drive for Desktop on your computer, a drive is created in Windows Explorer or a location in Finder (Mac) called Google Drive File Stream. All your Drive files are shown here.
To open or edit other non-Google files, use Windows Explorer or Finder to navigate to My Documents or Shared Drives.

More information on managing your documents via Google Drive for desktop is available through this link.

Ernst-Jan van Gils
From his role as a change consultant, Ernst-Jan likes to help individuals and teams with the cloud-first workplace. Human change in IT projects is often underestimated. It is not the organization that changes, but the people in the organization that change. It is therefore important to optimally support the people in the organization in change processes.

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