Sharing folder between Google Drive users

Today I faced problem, for which the solution is not straight forward. I needed to have a folder, shared between computers at our company. Sounds pretty dull and normal. The trick is, that I want to have it shared even if I am not at the office. So I needed a Cloud solution. Since we use Google Apps at our company, the most useful solution would be to use Google Drive.

Here comes the issue. I know that I can share files and folders between Google users, doing it the old fashioned way, which was possible with Google Docs. Well you can achieve the above, but you need to make a few simple steps.

Step one

Create a folder on account “A”. Let’s call that folder “Cloud Share”

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Step two

Go to your Google Drive Web access and share the folder with the account “B”, “C”, etc.

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NOTE: Do not forget to give the user “Can edit” permission.

Step three

So far it is our old, well known sharing in Google Docs. But how do we show it in my Google Drive folder?

Well, it is pretty easy. You need to go to the Google Drive Web access on the account “B”, account “C”, etc. and go the the “Shared with me” section. Then check the shared folder and click “Add to My Drive”. And that’s it!

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Now everything that anybody changes to this folder’s content will be synced between everybody. Great, easy and free way to collaborate files.

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