|Being able to access my Google Drive from anywhere keeps me productive!|
Google Drive was repeatedly been a useful resource throughout my graduate school years. I could share files and folders with my undergrads so they would always have access to protocols, data sheets, etc. It made for fast communication and kept my data safely stored in multiple locations. However, when I was working on writing manuscripts I would email it to all of my co-authors whenever they needed feedback and would inevitably have to shuffle their responses and changes back into a master copy. This updated copy I would then save as a new file. My third manuscript has yet to be submitted because my advisor and I accidentally worked on two different file versions, and now she has to incorporate her updates into my most recent version. I never wanted to use Google Drive to have people revise my papers because I couldn’t for the life of me find anywhere to turn on Track Changes. But when I was working on my PhD application essays and desperately wanted people’s feedback, I realized Google Drive always has track changes on! And it’ll keep track of who edits what, when, where, and why! Ok, not why. Unless they leave a comment!
So if you want to collaborate on a piece exclusively on Google Drive
1) Start a file - it can be a document, presentation, spreadsheet, drawing, etc
2) Share it with your collaborators. - You can share via a provided link or email. You may also control the level of privacy your work has.
3) Write and edit the file! - All together now!
4) Keep an eye on the changes/comments made by others - Anytime you want to open your revision history, click “All changes saved in Drive” at the top of the page.
|So many revisions! So many colors!|