Offline access and local file storage
Google Drive is an application that lives in “the cloud.” This is another way of saying “Internet-connected servers and systems for storing and processing large amounts of data.” You access Drive and your files with a Web browser or mobile app, but Google’s cloud servers handle most of the heavy lifting when it comes to storage, conversion, and processing.
But there are ways of accessing extended functionality to a PC or Mac that is not connected to the Internet. It’s even possible to edit certain types of files, including documents in Google Docs and presentations in Google Slides.
The next few pages will explain how offline access works, and will also describe how to manage files and storage ...