The 5 Most important Google Drive Updates in 2017

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February 24, 2017
Since the start of the new year, Google Drive released a number of important updates geared towards enhancing the performance of its services. The one we liked the most in this series of updates is the ability to add Google Drive videos right into presentations created in Slides. Before, you could only add YouTube videos but now you can easily embed videos stored in your Drive into your slides. Below is round-up of the most important updates in Google Drive, if you haven’t already seen them:

1- Preview password-protected files in Google Drive

Users are now able  to preview password-protected Microsoft Office files, presentations, and spreadsheets in Google Drive.’When you attempt to open one of these file types in Drive on the web, you’ll be prompted to enter the password and, upon doing so successfully, you’ll see a read-only preview of that document.’

2/3- Google Sheets updates

Google Sheets has added some interesting new updates most important of them are :
   A-Rotated text
‘You can now rotate the text in a cell in Sheets (Format > Text rotation). This is especially useful when you need to fit long header names into thin columns, or when you simply want to fit more text on a single screen.’
   B- Link to cell ranges in Google Sheets
This new feature allows you to create links to specific cells in your spreadsheet. ‘With this new functionality, you can create a “table of contents” for your spreadsheet, direct others to specific content within your spreadsheet, and retain links to cells when you import spreadsheets from other applications.’

4- Creating files from templates now easier in Google Drive

This update makes it easier ‘for users to create files from templates by granting access to templates directly from Drive. Instead of navigating to the Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Forms home pages, you can simply go to Drive > New > Google Docs/Sheets/Slides/Forms > From a template. From there, you’ll be directed to the applicable template gallery, where you can select the template of your choice.’

5- Google Slides

‘ Users are now able to add, besides videos from YouTube,  videos they have in their Google Drive right into their slides. The process is very simple. Here is how to insert a Drive video into your presentation: Open Google Slides, click on ‘Insert’ then choose ‘Video’ and click on ‘Google Drive’. From there you can select the  Drive video you want to use.’