Categories
news

Google Drive trash items will be automatically deleted after 30 days starting on October 13, 2020

Google Drive 30 Day TrashDear Google Drive User,

We are writing to let you know that starting October 13, 2020, Google Drive is making a change so that its trash behaves more consistently with the rest of Google applications (such as Gmail) with regards to automatic deletion. This means that any file that is put into Google Drive’s ‘My Drive’ trash will begin to be automatically deleted after 30 consecutive days in the trash. Items in trash will still continue to consume quota and your storage will still continue to be shared across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos.

Please note that starting October 13, 2020, any files already in a user’s trash, will remain there for 30 days. After the 30-day-period files that have been in the trash for longer than 30 days will begin to be automatically deleted.

What does this mean for me?
Any file that has been in the Google Drive trash for longer than 30 days after October 13, 2020 will be automatically deleted forever, regardless of whether or not you have acknowledged any in-app messaging. We will be showing in-app messaging in Drive starting September 15, 2020 and in our Editors products (such as Google Docs and Google Forms) starting September 29, 2020.

A few things to note:

Files in shared drives trash are already automatically deleted after 30 days.
These changes affect items that are trashed from any device and any platform.
There is no impact to Backup and Sync behavior.
What do I need to do?
You can always restore files from trash before the 30 day time window.
If you are using Google Drive on Android or iOS, please update to the latest versions so you can be updated on the most recent in-app notifications.
Sincerely,

Google Drive team

Categories
computer

Can’t Change Default Search Engine with Cortana

ChrometataI noticed this morning I couldn’t change the default search engine for Cortana. She loads Bing by default and I rather have Google or DuckDuckGo. I searched the internet for possible fixes and I came across a work around.

If you use the Chrome browser, you can download an extension called Chrometana. After installing the extension, Chrometana will ask you to select your default browser: Google, DuckDuckGo or Yahoo. Obviously, you don’t want Bing as your default because then you wouldn’t need this extension.

Now when I type in a search, Cortana loads Bing and Chrome quickly forwards the request to my search engine of choice. Based on my searches, it seems Microsoft has no plans to allow a change in the default browser, so I will take this workaround for now.

Categories
computer download free

Google Drive Plugin for Microsoft Office

Google Drive for Microsoft Office

 

If you use Microsoft Office with OneDrive as well as Google Drive for your documents, spreadsheets and presentations, then you may find the new plugin from Google handy.Google Drive Plugin in Excel

After downloading and installing the plugin, Google Drive will prompt you to sign into your account. Then a Google Drive tab will be added to the Office Suite. A screen shot of the plugin in Excel is shown above. I primarily use Google Drive for my files; however, I also use OneDrive for some items. I was happy to see a new way of integrating items I use frequently for work and personal use.