At the beginning of 2013, I made a commitment to use Google Drive to store all my TechRepublic files instead of the network share I had been using for years. It has been a very successful experiment so far and I have run into very little trouble along the way.
One little tip I can share involves measuring the number of files in a particular Google Drive folder and assessing what types of files occupy that folder. The basic idea is to start the download process but not complete it.
- Navigate to the folder you want to examine and hover your mouse over it.
- Click the more dropdown arrow and select the Download menu item.
After a few seconds, Google Drive will show you how many files are in the folder and provide a breakdown of included file types, similar to the one shown in Figure A. Click the Cancel button when you are finished looking at the listing.
One caveat I will mention, if the folder you are examining is very large, Google Drive will tell you there are too many files to count and won’t finish the counting. (Figure B)