Accessing your Google Drive / OneDrive

How to Access Google Drive

How to Access OneDrive


Students have access to Gmail, unlimited personal storage on Google Drive, and Google Contacts and Calendar tools.

Employees have access to Office 365 and have personal storage on OneDrive.

Instructions for Google Drive

Accessing your Google Drive is very easy and allows you to not only create and upload files, but also share them with anyone and work collaboratively.

There are two easy ways to get to Google Drive, through myCentral or Google.

Through Google

Use this link

Through myCentral

  1. Navigate to myCentral and sign in using your Central username and password.
  2. Once you are logged in you will be at the homepage.  Look to the left side of the page for a module labeled Cloud Services.  It should look like this:
  3. Click on Documents to navigate to Google Drive.
  4. Alternatively, you can go to your Gmail account and click the Drive button at the top of the page, or save this page to your bookmarks for quick access
  5. You should now be viewing your Google Drive.  Located on the left hand side of the page is an orange-red “Create” button.
  6. Next to this is a button that looks like a line with an arrow above it.  This is the “Upload” button.
  7. Clicking the “Create” button allows you to create various kinds of documents, as well as document folders.  Clicking the “Upload” button allows you to select files or folders from your computer and upload them to Google Drive – to use the folders upload option, use the Chrome browser.
  8. If you are signed in to another Google account (for personal use), you may need to switch to your Central account. To do this, click the circular picture at the top right of the page, then click the correct account. If your Central account does not appear, click Add Account and sign in.
  9. All users have unlimited storage.  To find out how much space you are using, look at the bottom of the lefthand column in Google Drive.
  10. If you would like to uninstall the outdated Google Drive and install the new Google Drive Filestream to your Windows or Mac computer for desktop access, click on the link to get instructions.
    Uninstall Google Drive and download Google Drive File Stream



Accessing Through the Web

Accessing Through the Application

icon on your taskbar (see screenshot at right). In the lefthand column you should see OneDrive – Central College listed there. Click on it to view the files and folders in the righthand pane.

You should see a little blue cloud in the lower righthand corner of the taskbar (see screenshot on the right).  Click on that cloud and choose Open Folder–this will open File Explorer, where you should see OneDrive – Central College listed in the lefthand navigation.  From the little blue cloud, you can also choose View Online to see your OneDrive contents through a web browser – this is where you can find files and folders that have been shared with you.

On a Mac, the little blue cloud is located at the top of the screen.

If you do not have the little blue cloud on your computer or you are using someone else’s computer off campus, you can go to  Alternatively, from your e-mailbox at, you can click on the waffle icon at top left and choose OneDrive from the menu that appears.

For more instructions use this link.


The Information Technology Services (ITS) staff at Central College suggests faculty and staff make use of the Virtual Private Network (VPN) when working off-campus. The VPN allows users to add another layer of security to their data transmissions. To make use of this service, the device being used off campus is required to have a client, or a small piece of software called GlobalProtect. Using the VPN process simulates your work experience as if you were working on campus.

Users with the Windows operating system and owned by Central College should download from the Software Center while they are on campus.

Users with the Windows operating system on computers not owned by Central College, should download the software and follow the instructions .

Users with the Mac operating systems click here for download and instructions.

Edited: 9/29/2020