Connecting LibreOffice to Google Drive

Google Drive is one of the most popular document hosting servers in the world. Millions, if not billions, of people use it every day. It has an application that Windows and Mac users can download, so they can sync documents that are on their desktops to the server and vis versa. The service also is connected to Google’s office suite, so service subscribers can use several different browser-based applications to open, edit, and create new documents.

Here are the sections of this page:

Overview
Setting up Google Drive account
Accessing your account
Saving a document to Google Drive
Accessing Google Drive through LibreOffice video
Links to other LibreOffice links

Overview

With version 5.1, LibreOffice has given Windows and Mac users and Mac users the ability to access their documents stored on Google Drive directly from one of the suite’s applications. Currently, Drive cannot be accessed from a LibreOffice version running on a Linux distro or another operating system.

Here are the instructions for connecting to your Drive account. The video, at the bottom of the page, also is a good tutorial.

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Setting up Google Drive account

connecting LibreOffice to Google Drive
This is how the Remote Files dialog should look when you finish setting up your account. The folders in your Google Drive account will be in the left frame. The center frame will contain folders and files.

Setting up a connection can be done by saving a document to a remote server or opening a remote file for the first time.
First, let’s access your documents. Then we we’ll save a document to it.

  1. First open a document or create a new one.
  2. Click File.
  3. Click Open Remote File.
  4. Click Add Service in the Remote Files dialog.
  5. When the File Service dialog appears, make sure Google Drive is the selected choice in the Type drop-down menu.
  6. If it is not, click the arrow and choose it from the menu.
  7. Next, enter the email address of the Google account in the user field.
  8. For the Password field, enter your Google password.
  9. Put a check in the Remember Password check box, if you are going to continually use this account.
  10. If you want a different title for your account, then change what is in the label field.
  11. For your first account, you will be asked to establish a master password. Create one. Then retype it in the next field.

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Accessing your account

This is how you access your account after setting it up.

  1. Click File.
  2. Click Open Remote File.
  3. You may need to enter the master password that you established while setting up the account.
  4. Next, click the service drop-down menu and select the Google Drive account, if it is not already the selected account.
  5. You may need to enter your Google password again, if you didn’t put a check in the Remember password check box during set up.

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Saving a document to Google Drive

  1. Click File.
  2. Click Save to Remote Server.
  3. You may need to enter the master password that you established while setting up the account.
  4. You may need to enter your Google password again, if you didn’t put a check in the Remember password check box during set up.
  5. Select the account from the Service drop-down menu.
  6. Then give the document a name.
  7. Choose the File format you wish.
  8. Then click the Save button. If you selected a format other than an OpenDocument one, a dialog will appear asking you to confirm that choice or save the document as an OpenDocument.

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Accessing Google Drive through LibreOffice video

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LibreOffice suite | Introduction to LibreOffice Start Center | Saving document in LibreOffice | Creating new document in LibreOffice | LibreOffice remote server introduction | Connecting LibreOffice to Google Drive | Connecting LibreOffice to FTP

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