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Google Drive activity stream tells you who's fiddling with your documents

Feature is rolling out today
Wed Jan 15 2014, 11:18

INTERNET GIANT Google introduced a feature called activity stream for Google Drive on Tuesday, allowing users to keep tabs on who has been fiddling with their documents.

Now, when you open Google Drive, an information button will appear in the right hand corner that when clicked will allow you to see who has been doing what to your documents, and when. For example, activity stream will show you who has edited or commented on, shared, or renamed a document to which you also have access in Google Drive.

Google Drive activity stream-1

Activity stream also lets you see only what you're interested in. Select any file or folder on the left-hand side and the stream will adjust immediately to show information relevant to that item.

Ian Gunn, an interaction designer for Google Drive said, "Drive makes group projects easier because everyone can share files and work together. But in today's busy world, it's tough to track the changes to all your shared to-do lists, budgets and presentations, especially when content changes so often.

"So starting today, you'll notice a new activity stream in Drive - a single, easy-to-view place to review every action taken on your files and folders."

Google's launch of Activity Stream comes just a month after it added a new drop-down menu to Google Drive, making it easier to rename and organise documents and folders.

The firm said that activity stream will be rolled out over the next week or so and will be available to all. It has also provided some handy tips for those who already have access to the feature. µ

 

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