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Google Drive can now open files directly from your desktop applications

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A new Google Chrome extension will be released for Google Drive. You can now open your files from Google Cloud directly onto applications installed on your computer’s desktop. Once the Chrome extension is installed, users can right click on applications stored in Google Drive and open them using a compatible application, such as Adobe Photoshop, or Microsoft Word, on their computer.

In order to get the new extension, users are advised to download and install the latest 1.18 version of the Google Drive app for PC or Mac OS and sync it with their files. Afterwards, visit Google Drive in the browser. Right click on the file, selecting ‘Open with’ to see a list of the applications compatible on your computer. The new extension is supposed to make access files and editing them easier for the average user. The only downside is that this will only work if you have the Google Chrome Browser, which is available for download here.

If you’re interested, Google gives you a full breakdown of the new Google Drive. You can download it here.

The new Google Drive is the same cloud you know and love, just faster and works more like you’re used to on your computer. You can:
Create, add, or upload a file with a single button.
Find and add files shared with you more easily.
Single-click a file to select it and double-click a file to open it.
Drag-and-drop files and folders just like you do on your desktop.
Improved accessibility.

What’s new with Google Drive

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Get the new Google Drive
To get the new Drive, click the CogWheel Settings menu and choose Experience the new Drive.
The new Google Drive is gradually rolling out to all users. If you don’t see the option to try the new look, check back again shortly.


Sources: Google Support & Google’s Blog

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