Google makes it easier for Google Drive to use both so easily on-line as offline. One of the ways is to allow the user to open a file of his Drive with a program that he has installed on his computer.
To do this, you will need to have the Google Drive desktop application installed on your PC or Mac, as well as an extension in your browser. Below we explain how to edit a document in the cloud from an app you have on your device.
How to open a document in Google Drive from an app on your computer
Step 1. Install the Google Drive app
First, you must install the latest version of the desktop application from Google Drive. In your case, most likely you should download the Backup and synchronization app, since the Drive File Stream app is designed for businesses.
If this is the first time you hear about this application, you should imagine it as the Google Drive version of the Dropbox desktop app. Once the installation is finished, you must wait for the synchronization to finish.
Step 2. Install the Application Launcher for Drive extension
Now is the time to install the extension Application Launcher for Drive in your Google Chrome browser. Then, you can open Google Drive in Chrome. You should make sure that you use the most up-to-date version of the browser.
Then, right click on any document that is not in Google Drive format (Docs / Documents, Sheets / Spreadsheets, Slides / Presentations or Forms / Forms).
It may be an Excel document, a Word document, a photo or any other file. When you right click, you should get a drop-down menu with all the compatible applications with which you can open it.
In case you don't see any program, it may just be a matter of closing Chrome and reopening it. Also remember that this only works with file extensions that Chrome recognizes using the apps you have installed on your computer.
Advantages and disadvantages of opening a Drive file on your PC
This trick is not perfect. We have tested it and it is not always possible to correctly identify the applications installed on the computer. That should work with programs as popular as the ones on the suite room Office Microsoft Office.
You may experience some problems such as a file in Drive taking a little longer than expected to open with one of your programs, but the issue is that it ends up opening.
On the other hand, keep in mind that, when making changes to a document from your desktop application, you should give Google Drive some time to finish the synchronization and that those changes are also reflected in the file saved in Drive.
This little trick will not be comfortable for everyone, especially those who are accustomed to working from the web application. However, there will be many others who prefer to do so using one of their favorite programs.
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