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About the Google Drive app
Google Drive lets you store files securely online, access them from anywhere, and collaborate with others. With the Google Drive app for Slack, working together is even easier: you can access, share, and even create Google Drive files right from Slack.
Note: Slack will only read and index files you import from Google Drive or create within Slack. The files will be searchable and shareable, but not be stored in Slack — they'll continue to be stored in Google Drive.
Set up the Google Drive app
There are two simple ways to connect your Google Drive to Slack: paste a link to a Google file in the Slack message box or install the Google Drive app.
Note: The Google Drive app must be set up for each individual team member who wants to import files from their Drive.
Share a Google Drive link
Paste a link to a Google Drive file you’d like to share into the message box.
Slackbot will guide you through the quick process of giving Slack permission to read the file. (If you click Yes, you'll only have to do this once.)
Once you've given Slack permission to read the file, Slack will display a file preview inline.
Tip: Google Drive links can be muted if you share a link in a channel and chose the option to Never import those files. To unmute, visit the Muted Integrations page at my.slack.com/apps/manage/mutes.
Install Google Drive via the App Directory
If you don’t have a file to share immediately, but want to set up the Google Drive app, follow these steps:
Sign in to Google Drive and click Allow to authenticate with Slack.
When you’re ready to share a file, drag and drop it directly in the Slack window, copy and paste the link in the message box, or upload the file by clicking the plus icon next to the message box. Learn more about uploading and sharing files in Slack.
Create a Google Drive file in Slack
With the Google Drive app installed, team members can create Docs, Sheets, and Slides, right within Slack. Here’s how:
Click the plus icon to the left of the message box.
Mouse over Google Docs file and select a file type.
Give the file a title.
Click the checkbox next to Share in, then choose where the file will be shared. You can share a file with an entire channel or a person on your team.
Click Create, and a new file will launch in your browser.
If the Share in checkbox is marked, the file is automatically shared in the Slack channel you’ve selected and saved to your Google Drive.
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