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5. Drive: Change Display and Settings — Adjust Item View, Access Items Offline, and See Activity Updates

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In this video, you will change the display and settings for Google Drive.

You’ll also learn how to view file or folder details.

Customizing your display and settings gives you the freedom and flexibility to choose how you want your Drive to work and can help make Drive even more useful for you.

There are two ways to view folders and files in Drive: grid or list view.

When viewing files or folders in Drive, select your preferred view.

You can also view details about and recent activity for individual files and folders.

This might be useful, for example, if you wanted to see when a file was last modified, in order to confirm it contained the most recent information.

View file or folder details such as the file type, location, and the date the file was last modified. You can also see a thumbnail image of the file.

You can view recent activity for a file or folder, including the date and time of recent edits, who made the edits, and what type of edit was made.

Sometimes you may need access to your files when you’re offline, such as on a plane or in another area without Internet. You can make files and folders available when you’re offline.

First, add the Google Docs offline extension to Chrome.

Then, in your Drive, go to your settings and make Drive available offline.

This syncs your files and folders to your device.

To be notified of the activity of other users in files or folders you’ve shared or when files or folders have been shared with you, turn on notifications for Drive.

You will be notified in your browser or by email when content is added, edited, commented on, deleted, or shared.

You can then access the file or folder that’s been shared or changed directly from your email.

Now, it’s your turn: Select grid or list view for your files and folders, View details about a file or folder, View recent activity for a file or folder, Make Drive available offline, And turn on notifications.


  1. Select grid or list view for your files and folders.
  2. View details about a file or folder.
  3. View recent activity for a file or folder.
  4. Make Drive available offline.
  5. Turn on notifications.