How to add Google Drive to Office 2013

Many companies are encouraging their customers to store more files in the cloud rather than on their hard drives. Microsoft is no different and is keen to push SkyDrive as the default location for files created in Office 2013.

While there is no obviously way to add other cloud storage options to the office suite, it can be achieved. We recently showed you how to add DropBox as an option, and now you can learn how to add Google Drive — this time, however, we’ll edit the Registry rather than using a script.

Press the Windows key and R at the same time, type regedit and press Enter. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\Common\Cloud Storage. With the key selected click Edit > New > Key and name it c7662ae1-1ae2-41b5-8fc4-226eb33cde84. Select this new key and then click Edit > New > String Value before naming it Display name, assigning it a value of  Google Drive and pressing Enter.

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Now click Edit > New > String Value before naming it LearnMoreURL. Double click the new item and set the value to https://drive.google.com before hitting Enter. Then click Edit > New > String Value, name it LocalFolderRoot, and assign it a value that matches the location of your Google Drive folder — such as C:\Users\[username]\Desktop\Google Drive.

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You can now close down the Registry Editor and restart your computer. When Windows restarts, launch Word and click File followed by Open. Click the Add Place link to the left and then select Google Drive to the right.

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Wait for a moment while the service is added and you can then access Google Drive from the Open and Save screen alongside SkyDrive.

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2 thoughts on “How to add Google Drive to Office 2013”

  1. I don’t think the cloud is secure enough for important data. I hope that future isn’t any time soon.

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