Collaborate on Your Chromebook with Drive

By Mark LaFay

Google Drive comes with your Chromebook and makes it easy to share your work with others so that you can collaborate. Drive manages changes and controls versions so that your team is always working on the most current version of the document.

Before you can collaborate, you need a document, slide, or spreadsheet in your Drive folder. If you do not have one of these file types in your Drive folder, create a sample Docs file by following these steps:

  1. Click the App Launcher icon in the bottom-left corner of your screen.

    The App Launcher appears.

  2. Click the Docs icon.

    Google Docs loads in a Chrome browser window.

  3. Once Docs has finished loading, type a string of text in the document and then close the window.

    The file now appears in your Drive folder as Untitled Document.

Now you can share your document with others by following these steps:

  1. Click the App Launcher icon in the bottom-left corner of your screen.

    The App Launcher appears.

  2. Click the Files app icon.

    Files loads in a window that is not a Chrome web browser.

  3. On the left side of the Files window, click Google Drive.

  4. Locate the document (in this example, Untitled Document) that you wish to share and click it once to select it.

    The document is highlighted, indicating it is selected.

  5. Click the Share button at the bottom of the Files window.

    The Share window opens.

  6. At the bottom of the window in the “Invite people” box, enter the email address for each person you wish to invite for collaboration.

  7. Click Done.

    Everyone you invited receives an email with an invitation to collaborate. Upon clicking the link, each collaborator can access your file in his Drive folder. Any changes he makes will be reflected immediately in everyone’s Drive folders.