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Slack is my go-to collaboration platform. I use Slack daily to stay on top of various assignments and communicate with editors and others who need my content for their publications.

Google Drive integration is an addition I had to make for some workspaces. Because I depend on Google Drive daily for productivity, this integration makes perfect sense.

With this integration, you’ll find a more streamlined workflow as well as notifications for file requests and other commands.

And, thankfully, integrating Google Drive into Slack is incredibly simple. For anyone who depends on these two platforms, combining them in this way is about as easy as it gets.

Also: How to integrate Google Calendar with Slack

Let me show you how it’s done. I’ll demonstrate it on the Slack desktop app. However, you can also manage this process through the Slack web interface in the same way.

Integration of Google Drive and Slack

1. Open Slack

The first thing you need to do is open Slack and then navigate to a workspace where you have permission to install apps. If you don’t have permission to install apps on your workspace, you can either ask your admin to take care of it, or ask your Slack admin for permission.

The list of apps in Slack.

Figure 1: The Apps section of Slack’s left sidebar is where it all starts.

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2. Add the Google Drive app

From the Slack desktop app, navigate to the workspace in question, then scroll down to the Apps section in the left sidebar (Figure 1).

Click Add apps, and you should see Google Drive listed (Figure 2). Otherwise, type Google Drive in the search field at the top of the window.

The list of Google Drive apps in Slack.

Figure 2: The Google Drive app listed on the Slack app market.

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Click the Google Drive button, then click Application Home. This will take you to the Google Drive app page in your default browser. On this page, click “Authenticate your Google Drive account” (figure 3).

Authenticating a Google Drive account for Slack.

figure 3: You need to authenticate your Google Drive account before you can add it to Slack.

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Clicking to authenticate your Google Drive account will prompt you to select the Google account to use and authorize the required permissions for the app. As soon as you authenticate your account, you’ll receive an alert from Slack that you’ve added Google Drive to the workspace.

Use Google Drive in Slack

To use Google Drive in Slack, click the plus icon in any workspace message field. If you type Google in the resulting search field, you will see the available options (Figure 4).

The Add File context menu in Slack with integrated Google Drive.

Figure 4: Interact with Google Drive Slack integration.

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From this menu you can create a new document, spreadsheet or presentation in Google Drive or add a file from your Google Drive account. Click on the entry you want and configure it the way you want, and Slack will automatically open your default web browser to the new document you want to create in Google Drive.

If you choose to upload a previously created file from Google Drive, a pop-up window will appear (Figure 5), allowing you to browse Google Drive and download the file you need.

Slack's Google Drive file picker.

Figure 5: Uploading a file from Google Drive to Slack has never been easier.

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And that’s all there is to the Google Drive integration with Slack. If you depend on these two services, do yourself a favor and integrate them right away to make your daily workflow a little more efficient.

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