A new update to Google Drive has added the ability to attach Apps to your account. Some of these Apps allow you to present Google Slides presentations from a smartphone, send digital faxes, create mind maps, and more! This added feature expands Google Drive from simply being a Word, Excel, and PowerPoint alternative, and transforms it into a fully-functional App system.

Over the next few weeks, we will look at some examples of Apps for Google Drive that can assist employees in ACSD. This week, we’ll look at how to access these Apps, and encourage you to explore and find some useful Apps. Feel free to leave a comment below highlighting an App that you feel is useful!

Accessing Apps in Google Drive

You’ll need to be in Google Chrome in order to access and attach Apps to your Google Drive account (Firefox and Internet Explorer are not currently supported). Once you are in Google Chrome

  1. Log into the Staff Portal (anaheimelementary.org/staff)
  2. Open Google Drive
  3. Click on the red “Create” button, and then click “More” then on “Connect more apps”
  1. You will be presented with a hovering window where you can select from available Apps
  2. If you find an App you like, simply click on the blue “Connect” button to install it and attach it to your Google Account
  3. Any Apps with a green check mark on them indicate that the App has been successfully installed and connected to your Google Account

Please Note: Due to the volume of Apps available, we are unable to fully test and support all Apps. In upcoming Tips we will outline some of the Apps we have found to be useful and functioning properly.