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Google Team Drives

Team Drives are shared spaces where teams can store their files and guarantee that every member has the most up-to-date information, no matter the time or place.

What makes Team Drives special?

  • Every person and Google Group added to a Team Drive gets instant access to that team’s documents.
  • Team Drives are designed to store the team’s work collectively, so if a document’s creator moves off of the team that document doesn’t go with them.
  • Team members are prevented from accidentally removing or deleting files that others need.

Your entire team, as defined and maintained by the team leader, will be able to see the Team Drive in their Google Drive and browse, navigate and search through it. For most effective use, Team Drive searches can be limited to that team drive space only.

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Confidential Information 
When working with confidential information, be aware that every person in the team drive will also be able to access that data. If you are going to save to a team drive, make sure that everyone in the drive should be able to see this information.

If it is something that only select individuals should have access to, we recommend saving to your personal Google Drive (rather than a team drive), and then sharing with individual users. 

How to Request a Team Drive

To request a Team Drive for your department, please contact the Help Desk. If approved, the Help Desk will create the drive, and then send it back to the requester with the requester as the admin of the space to add more team members. Please do not attempt to set up your own team drive at this time.

File Management with Team Drives

Once your Team Drive has been set-up, you may add files as you normally would with your own Drive. Remember that all files added will be visible to all team members, so make sure you are only putting files in a Team Drive that are meant for everyone.

» Learn More About Adding Files and Folders with Team Drives

Similar to your own Drive, all files in Team Drive can be starred as important, moved or deleted completely. There are certain restrictions to these abilities depending on your permissions for the Team Drive, for example, a user with comment access cannot remove a file.

» Learn More about File Organization with Team Drives

Any files placed in Team Drives are automatically shared with all members of the Team Drive. You can still share Team Drive files with people in your organization who aren’t members of the Team Drive and give them varying levels of rights (admin, read/write, read-only and comment), but the rights levels apply to the drive as a whole for that person.

»  Share and Collaborate with Team Drives


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