Upload Files from a Flashdrive to Google Docs

If you use the public PCs in the Library, you have probably noticed that there is no Word Processing program on those computers.  If you want to be able to print and edit the documents you carry around with you on your flashdrive, this is a simple tutorial on how to access them.

Once someone has created a Google account (Gmail, Google Docs, Google calendar, any of it will be the same username), they have access to the Google Docs application.  From the home screen, there is a side bar of options, above which there are two buttons: Create New and Upload.  Click on Upload.

You will be taken to a screen where you can select files to upload into your Google Docs folder.  Click on the “Select files to upload” link in the center of the page.

In the dialog box that opens, type in E:\ in the box marked “File Name.”  This will open the flashdrive and allow you to see what files are there.  

Select the file you would like to upload into Google Docs and hit the Enter key on your keyboard.  You can select multiple files by clicking on the “Select more files” link.  Once you have selected all the files you would like to upload, click on the Start upload button.

To then open the document, click the “Back to Google Docs” link at the top of the page.  Then, select your document and read it in Google Docs!!!

Written by squee on June 29, 2010


Zeth on July 22, 2010


Google docs is a great solution, especially for those of you who use DPL's branches. But if you're near the Central library, you can get directly to Microsoft office on the 20 PCs (expanding to ~100 this fall) in the 4th floor Community Technology Center. Not only do we have MS Office, be we have excellent staff (like Squee!) and volunteers to help you if you need it.

seasidegrrrl on May 19, 2015


Yeah!! Thank You!!!
Now how do I get to google docs when I hit the browse button so I can choose my document to download where I need it?? The drive button was empty.

hailey dalton on November 8, 2016


well I followed the steps but google might have gotten new updates between then and now. I say that because I went and searched upload and found it so you might want to keep your how-to up to date.

Diana Sears on November 23, 2017


Thank you so very much! Your info was extremely helpful to this "old school" woman!

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