Google Drive

The following tutorials will teach you how to use Google Mail Filters, use the Google Drive LTI, and embed or link from the Google Drive

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Gmail filters organize your incoming mail into folders. You can use this feature to send all of your Canvas notifications to a folder separate from your inbox. Select the Google Guide to learn how.

Google Guide:

Screenshot of the filter window.

Google Drive is a central location to store your files. You can access Google Drive from your desktop, online, or the Google Drive App. If you change a file on the web, on your computer, or on your mobile device, the file will update on every device on which you’ve installed Google Drive. Therefore, if you are using Google Docs, Google Drive will let you access your google doc anywhere and at any time.

Downloading Google Drive to your desktop allows you to save images; Word documents, spreadsheets, presentations; videos; music; etc. on your Drive from your desktop. Therefore, you can skip the step of uploading your files to your Drive in your Google account.

Step 1

Go to and log in to your Google account or create an account.

Screenshot of the google login.

Step 2

To install Google Drive on your desktop, select the gear icon in the top right corner and then select Download Drive.

Screenshot of the Download Drive option.

Step 3

You will be transferred to a new page. Select Download Drive and then select Mac and PC.

Screenshot of the Mac and PC option.

Step 4

In the new window that that appears, select Accept and Install.

Screenshot of the Accept and Install button.

Step 5

Save the program file to your computer. Once the file has downloaded, run the program and then wait for it to install.

Step 6

Once the program has installed, you will see the following window. Select Get Started.

Screenshot of the Get Started button.

Step 7

Log in to your Google account.

Screenshot of the Google login page.

Step 8

The next window informs you that every file you save in your Google Drive folder will also be saved in your Drive online. Select Next.

Screenshot of the Next button.

Step 9

The next window provides the links to download the Google Drive app on your iOS or Android device. Select Next.

Screenshot of the Next button.

Step 10

The next window shows you how to share your files from your desktop. Select Next.

Screenshot of the Next button.

Step 11

The next window shows you where to access and manage your Drive. Select Done.

Screenshot of the Done button.

Windows Explorer will open your Google Drive folder. The folder will already have all of the files saved on your online Google Drive. You may need to wait for a few minutes before all of your files appear in the folder.

You can now create, edit, and save files in your Google Drive folder. Any actions you do in the folder will also occur online and on your mobile device if you have installed the Google Drive app.

This tutorial will show you how to get started using the Google Drive LTI within Canvas. Before you can start using the Google Drive integration, you have to authorize Google Drive to connect with your Canvas account.

Step 1

Log into your Canvas account, select the Google Drive tool in the toolbar on the left, and then select the Authorize button at the bottom of the page.

Screenshot of the Authorize button.

Step 2

A new window will open. Select Authorize.

Screenshot of the Authorize button.

Step 3

The window will close automatically after you select Authorize, and then the page in Canvas will automatically refresh and show you your Google Drive folders and files. From this page, you can open files in Google Sheets, Docs, Slides, etc. To do so, select the file and then select OPEN at the bottom of the page.

Screenshot of opening a file.

More Google Drive Tutorials

Google Drive Assignments

Google Drive Collaborations

Adding Google Drive Files to Modules

Embed or Link from Google Drive

This tutorial will show you how to link or embed files from your Google Drive into Canvas.

Your students will not be able to edit embedded files, but they can edit linked files as long as you make it editable through the Share settings within Google Drive. Keep in mind that if you allow students to edit a shared file, all students will be editing the SAME file. For more instructions on sharing Google Drive files, to go the Share Files and Folders tutorial created by Google.

You can share a file from Google Drive with your students by embedding or linking the file anywhere you see the following toolbar:

Screenshot of the toolbar

This toolbar is available in announcements, discussions, assignment instructions, quiz instructions/questions, and pages.

Step 1

Open the page/assignment/etc. onto which you want to share the file. Next, select the purple V to open a dropdown menu to view additional icons. Then select Google Apps LTI.

Screenshot of the dropdown menu.

Step 2

Scroll through the new window that opens to find your file. Select the file and then select EMBED or LINK at the bottom. Embedding the file will insert the file into Canvas. Linking the file will create a link in Canvas that takes your students to the original file in Google Drive.

Screenshot of the Embed and Link buttons

More Google Drive Tutorials

Getting Started with the Google Drive LTI

Google Drive Assignments

Google Drive Collaborations

Adding Google Drive Files to Modules


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