Many people think of Google Drive as a cloud storage and sync service, and it is that — but it also encompasses a suite of online office apps that are comparable with Microsoft Office. Google Docs (the word processor), Google Sheets (the spreadsheet app) and Google Slides (the presentation app) can import and export Microsoft Office files, and you can use them to work together with colleagues on a document, spreadsheet or presentation, in real time if you wish.

Here are the essentials to know in order to effectively use Google Drive’s office suite to collaborate.

Sharing and access options

Google Drive gives you fine-tuned control over who can see your files and what they can do with them.

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