Although Microsoft has been offering since Office 2016, with OneDrive, a platform that allows you to save your documents directly in the cloud, many users still prefer to use Google Drive for Office. This is especially true for companies since Google Drive allows work teams to quickly and easily access documents to work together on them. In this Week 2 Hacking, we explain how it works and how you can install the plug-in for Google Drive for Office.

Use Google Drive for Office

Google Drive als Cloud-Speicher in MS Office Programmen einrichten

Linking Microsoft Office with Google Drive through the Microsoft Office plugin is a very simple matter. Thereafter, you can use Google Drive for PowerPoint, Word, Google Drive for Excel or Outlook programs (Office 2010, 2013 and 2016). The Office menu bar will indicate that the plugin has been installed. Unfortunately, the Google Drive plugin does not work for Mac, because the API/Add-in framework is missing.

Install the Google Drive plugin for Office

In order to use Google Drive, you must install the plug-in on the user’s computer.

  • in the web browser, search for the plug-in page
  • click on download
  • click on run
  • cliquer sur Exécuter
  • open Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint or Word
  • choose from the home page First Steps
  • log in with your Google Account
  • once on Google’s permissions page, click on Accept

The plugin can now access your documents on Google Drive.

To open the files stored on Google Drive, do the following:

  • open the Office program
  • click on File -> Google Drive -> Open from Google Drive
  • select the file in the dialog window that opened
  • CTip: The file will be opened in the new window of the corresponding application if you have selected a file saved as a slideshow, table or Google document.
  • Click on Select to open the file?

Do you want to share a file?

  • Open the file from Google Drive with your office programm
  • click on Google Drive
  • in the Google Drive options, select Share
  • enter Google Groups email addresses, groups or the names of people with whom you want to share files
  • authorized persons receive an email informing them that access to the file has been granted

This is how to save files in Google Drive:

  • in your program, click on Google Drive
  • select Google Drive

Here’s how to copy files:

  • click from your program on Google Drive
  • select Save as
  • enter the new file name
  • click on OK

Rename or move files with Google Drive for Office

Google Drive als Cloud-Speicher in MS Office Programmen einrichten

To rename files….

  • open your Google Drive file in your office programm
  • cliquez sur Google Drive
  • select Rename
  • give a new name to the file
  • click on OK

To send files from Google Drive:

  • click on New message in your application
  • select Attach files from Google Drive
  • click on Insert as Drive link, if the link to a file is to be sent
  • click on Insert as attachment to attach the file
  • select the file to send
  • click on Insert

If you want to attach locally save files:

  • click on New message
  • chose Attach file
  • select the file on the computer you want to send
  • click on OK
  • secure the file on Google Drive
  • Tip: if the file is too large, it can also be sent as a link to Google Drive

Attachments can also be saved on Google Drive:

  • click in your program on Google Drive
  • chose Save attachment on Google Drive

Use Google Drive for Office as an organization

Since Google Drive for Office makes it much easier to work together and in real time on shared files, it is primarily groups, training organizations and companies that appreciate its use. To make it possible, the Google Drive plugin must be installed on each computer. The G Suite administrator, who manages services for other users in your organization, can set up automatic updates for the plugin. Monitoring of its use is also available.

This is how employees can use Google Drive for Office:

  • The G Suite administrator activates settings for Google Drive applications within your organization
  • he can then intervene on Google Drive data files via Drive-Plugin
  • registration in the Google Admin console
  • Click on Apps -> G Suite -> Google Drive and Google Docs -> Data access
  • in the Add-ons section, choose the Allow to install Add-ons for Google Docs from the Store Store

Two options are available to you so that the user can install the Google Drive plugin:

  1. Users download the plugin
  2. The administrator makes the .msi file available for users/users can take the option Run programs published in the Windows operating system
  3. Download the installation program for the

That’s it, the Google Drive plugin for Office is installed! This will simplify your teamwork and make it more efficient!


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