EPD - Technologies - UW Google Drive

Google drive is a free, web-based application that allows documents, spreadsheets, and more to be created, shared, collaborated, and managed.

Learn more about Google Drive.

The biggest difference between Google Drive and a traditional productivity suite such as Microsoft Office is that the application and all of the files are stored online (aka Cloud Computing), rather than on an individual computer.

UW-Madison uses UW-Madison Google Apps, which allows UW students, staff, and faculty to securely log in using their UW NetID and connect using @wisc.edu accounts.

Watch a Common Craft video that explains how Google Drive works.


Users can access multiple document formats. The primary types of documents that can be created and shared with Google Drive include:
  • Documents: For composing letters, flyers, essays, and other text-based files (similar to MS Word documents)
  • Spreadsheets: For storing and organizing information (similar to MS Excel worksheets)
  • Presentations: For creating and presenting slides (similar to MS PowerPoint slideshows)
  • Forms: For collecting and organizing data (this works in conjunction with Google Spreadsheets)
  • Drawings: For creating simple vector graphics or diagrams

Watch these videos to learn some basics about the Google Documents and Google Spreadsheets.

Google Documents

Google Spreadsheets


Keywords:EPD eHelp Technology   Doc ID:45371
Owner:Paul M.Group:Engineering Professional Development - Department Resources
Created:2014-12-02 12:39 CDTUpdated:2018-04-10 10:21 CDT
Sites:College of Engineering - Online Learning Resources, Engineering Professional Development - Department Resources
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