How to Become a Google Drive Power User

Posted on 31st Oct, 2018 by Barbara Davidson

Are you one of Google Drive’s one billion active users? Are your files among the more than two trillion documents Drive now stores?

Google Drive is a fantastic resource. But some of its best features are relatively hidden – so we’ve put together a comprehensive infographic to illustrate the best of them and show you how to boost your productivity and become a Google Drive power user.

One example of a quick trick is to watch your uploaded videos through Google Drive. This can save a lot of time (and storage space) when collaborating on a moving image project. You just need to double-click the uploaded video file to bring it up in a YouTube-style player.

Or if you’re looking to spruce up your writing you can find over 800 fonts in Google Docs. Either create a doc, or upload an MS-Word doc to Drive and right-click > Open with Google Docs. You’ll find the font menu midway along the toolbar and just click ‘More fonts…’ in the dropdown.

And the transition from paper to digital becomes easy if you pair Drive with your Android phone. No more hefty scanning machines and labored file management. Now you can simply install Drive on your android phone, tap the blue ‘plus’ symbol to reveal the option to scan, take a photo of your paper document, and save it as a pdf.

Everybody loves pdfs. And Google Drive will even allow you to search your scanned pdfs for the text you seek.

Google Drive user, this is just the beginning! Have a look through our new visual guide to Google Drive’s hidden features to see what works for you.

The power of the Drive is just a secret shortcut away.



  1. Google. Use Google Drive files
  2. Google. See what’s changed in a
  3. Google. Scan files as PDFs with your
  4. Moynihan, T. (2014). Google Drive Is Scary-Smart at Searching Your
  5. Google. Store and play video in Google
  6. Google. Convert PDF and photo files to text.
  7. Google. How do I add new font styles to Google Drive?
  8. Google. Translate Docs into other
  9. Google. Type with your
  10. Google. Link a chart, table, or slides to Google Docs or
  11. Google. Get instant insights into your
  12. Google. Protect content in a
  13. Mangold, B. 19 Awesome Things Google Sheets Can Do – Tips &
  14. Google. Set up notifications for spreadsheet
  15. Google. Use the built-in laser pointer for
  16. Google. Publish files as web
  17. Google. Let your audience submit and vote on questions during
  18. Arora, A. (2018). 16 Time-saving Google Slides Tips & Tricks (Even Experts Don’t Know)
  19. Wodinsky, S. (2018). Google Drive is about to hit 1 billion

About Barbara Davidson

Babs is Lead Content Strategist and financial guru. She loves exploring fresh ways to save more and enjoy life on a budget! When she’s not writing, you’ll find her binge-watching musicals, reading in the (sporadic) Chicago sunshine and discovering great new places to eat. Accio, tacos!