Have you ever put the brakes on a Slack conversation so you could go look for an Google Drive link? Sharing your documents shouldn’t be so damn hard. Instead of emailing links back and forth you can share files in your Slack conversations by quickly integrating Google Drive into Slack.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Go to your file in Google Drive and click on the Share button.
Templates are a great way to jumpstart a new file to achieve the look and feel you want. Up until now, if you use one of Google’s apps — Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms and Drawing — you’ve had hundreds of publicly shared templates from which to choose. Bad news — as of 2017, they’re all going away.
Note: For more background on this move, see the “Why is the Google Drive Template Gallery Going Away?” section below.
There are still thousands of people who use Microsoft Word to create and edit documents. I’m doing so right now, but I love having those documents in the cloud to review them from any location and any device. Well, there’s a stellar little plug-in for Microsoft Office users who want the best of both worlds.
Note: this plugin only works on Windows computers.
Head to Google’s “Drive for Office” page to download and install this helpful tool. After install, you are almost done. When you next start Microsoft Word, Excel, or Powerpoint, the pop-up screen below opens and requires just a few more steps to authenticate your Google account credentials. To start, click the “Get Started” button: