Updated 8:44 AM EDT, Wed, Aug 18, 2021

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New Chrome Extension Makes Google Drive Easier to Use

Google released a new Chrome extension for its Google Drive on Wednesday.

The new extension makes it easier for users to open files using the right desktop application. Aside from easy opening of the files, Google Drive lets users share, edit and collaborate on documents in real-time.

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Users won't need to download files first to their desktops or documents folder, navigate there or fire up the right software.

Before starting, users need to have the latest Google Drive app for OS X or Windows (version 1.18) and sync their files. After that, users should visit Google Drive in Chrome. right-click on a certain file, and choose Open with to see a list of applications on their computer that can open it.

Say the user needs to edit a photo, the new Chrome extension for PC and Macs will let them switch from their browser to desktop applications, like Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Office, by just right-clicking the photo a wants to open in the Drive's menu.

After editing the photo or file, the changes are saved back to Google Drive, and then synced across all the devices and other collaborators.

"It's another way we're trying to help people work anywhere, anytime on any device," said a Google spokesperson.

According to Google, the function of the new extension works with "advanced image and video editing software, accounting and tax programs, or 3D animation and design tools."

Google is pushing its limits to merge and blend together the Web and the desktop.

Google's Application Launcher for Drive is now available for download from the Chrome Web Store.

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