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Google introduces "Save to Drive" button, allows users to easily save files to Drive instead of computer

Google introduces Save to Drive button for websites, allows seamless downloading to Google Drive.

@tracehagan
Published Thu, May 9 2013 5:04 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Google is continuing to make it easier to use their cloud service Drive as your every day storage system. As a means to this end, Google has introduced a new website button called "Save to Drive." This new button, when implemented on websites, allows a user to easily save a file to their Drive, rather than download it to their local system.

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Bigstock, Delta Dental, Fotolia, O'Reilly, Outbox, Zen Payroll, and Google Notes have already implemented the new button. It's rather easy to add to a website as it just requires a few lines of HTML code, though the advanced developer can certainly exert more control over the button though its JavaScript API.

Unfortunately, the button still relies on your local web connection. The file is first downloaded to your local system and then uploaded to Drive. This means you can't avoid uploading a large file on a slow upload connection or on a metered mobile connection. In an ideal world, the file would go directly to your Drive.

Trace is a starving college student studying Computer Science. He has a love of the English language and an addiction for new technology and speculation. When he's not writing, studying, or going to class, he can be found on the soccer pitch, both playing and coaching, or on the mountain snowboarding.

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