Google Drive Gets Activity Stream So You Can Keep Track Of Changes To Files And Folders

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Google announced on Tuesday that it's rolling out a new activity stream feature for Google Drive, enabling users to see all changes made to and actions taken on files and folders. This should be ideal for collaborations, making it easier to see who did what, and when.

Specifically, the activity stream will show when files are moved or removed, renamed, uploaded, shared and unshared, and edited or commented on.

Google Drive activity stream

"Drive makes group projects easier because everyone can share files and work together. But in today’s busy world, it’s tough to track the changes to all your shared to-do lists, budgets and presentations, especially when content changes so often," says Google Drive interaction designer Ian Gunn on the inspiration for the feature.

"You’ll see a rundown of what your team has been doing, such as editing and commenting on team notes, adding a new spreadsheet, renaming a presentation, sharing with your boss and more," he says. "It’s also easy to only see what you’re interested in. Select any file or folder and the stream will change instantly to show information relevant to just that item."

Google recently added the ability to take quick actions on folders (renaming, sharing, etc.) from a new drop-down menu at the top of each shared folder. Now, below this, it will show the entire folder hierarchy to make it easer to jump from one folder to the next. It will also show profile pics for who has access to it.

The Activity Stream feature is in the process of rolling out, and should be available to all within the next week.

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