Adding Extensions to Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, etc.)

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Adding Extensions to Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, etc.)

Adding Extensions to Google Drive (Docs, Sheets, etc.)

Google Drive is Google’s version of OneDrive, which allows you to connect to a text editor, spreadsheet, and many other tools to create, share, and edit content of almost any kind. But, while Google Drive has a lot of functionality built in, you can add a wide variety of additional tools, features, and functions by installing extensions. If you are just getting started with Google Drive, click back through to page 1 (from the bottom of this page) to visit our introduction to Google Drive. In this article, we’ll take you through the basics of Google Drive extensions so that you know what they are, how they work, and how you can use them to your advantage.

What are Google Drive Extensions

In the simplest terms, Google Drive extensions are apps for your Google Drive. This means that you can install them in the web or inside of your Google Drive App on your Windows or Mac computer and then access third party features inside of Google. Just like apps on your phone or on your computer, most of these apps are third party, which means that Google did not create them and you are installing them at your own risk. For the most part, Google tracks apps on its app-store by requiring that users install them through the Chrome App Store, meaning that they must go through some security processing before becoming available to general users. This makes most of them relatively safe to use, although Google is not responsible if they mis-use your data.

Also like apps, Google Drive extensions allow you to add to the functionality of your Google Drive. In some cases, this functionality is simple and in other cases, it is less so. In addition, not all extensions are free, and you may be prompted to pay for in-extension services.

How to Add Extensions to Google Drive Using Apps

There are two main ways to connect apps to Google Drive. For both, you have to go to Google Drive in your web browser while connected to the Internet.

Visit drive.google.com and sign in if necessary.

From the main page of the Google Drive website, visit settings. You can do this in two ways.

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Option 1:

  1. Click “My Drive” on the top left next to “new”.
  2. Hover your mouse over “more” at the bottom of the pop-up menu
  3. Click “Connect more apps” from the popup menu.

 

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  1. Visit settings by clicking the gear icon in the top left corner.=
  2. Click “Settings” and wait for the menu to pop up.how to install apps Google Drive, how to install google drive extensions, google drive apps, google drive extensions
  3. Click Manage Appshow to install apps Google Drive, how to install google drive extensions, google drive apps, google drive extensions
  4. Click “Connect more apps” from the top center.

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Each of these options will take you to the app store popup, where you can scroll through, search, and install apps or extensions of your choice. You can search for apps using the search bar, check via categories, and then click on the app to read it’s description and other user reviews.

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From here, you can also very simply install the app by hovering your mouse over an app icon and then clicking “connect”. In this case, we’ll install DocHub, a useful extension for allowing you to sign PDFs right in your Google Docs.

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You’ll notice that the first thing that happens is a popup asking if you want the extension to be the default for apps it can open. In this case, the answer is a no. You’ll get this with most extensions, and what it’s asking is if you want that app to automatically open all of your files. For the most part, you probably still want Google to handle most of the functionality, so click No, unless you’re installing an editor, music player, or similar. When you’re sure about that, click “OK”. Your Google Drive app is now installed.

What Kinds of Extensions Can You Install in Google Drive

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Google Drive includes everything from thesaurus to video editing apps and you can install any of them. In fact, Google Drive has thousands of apps over 11 categories including entertainment, business tools, productivity, and education. You can also install things like Quickbooks, Dropbox, and other third party applications to access your other accounts right in Google Docs.

Are Apps Safe?

All apps go through Google’s web store, which means that they are given a minimum security check. However, you can add to the safety by attempting to vet apps before you install them. For the most part, it only takes a few minutes to Google an app or extension to see what people think of it. Google also allows for user reviews, which means that you should see a review of an app when you hover your mouse over it in the store.

Uninstalling Google Apps 

If you realize that you don’t’ like an app or it doesn’t do what it promised, you can easily uninstall it. To do so:

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  1. Visit settings by clicking the gear icon in the top left corner.
  2. Click “Settings” and wait for the menu to pop up.
  3. Click Manage Apps
  4. Click “Options” on the app you want to remove
  5. Click “Disconnect app”

Apps can add a lot of features to your Google Drive, so they can be an extremely useful tool. However, you should keep track of what you’re installing,

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