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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Google Drive

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Google Drive is a cloud-based storage system.  It is a single place to keep up-to-date versions of online files that can be accessed from any computer or mobile device.

October 2021 Google is removing support for the Backup and Sync application but adding the same functionality to the Drive for desktop application (previously known as File Stream). Drive for desktop now allows you to sync files between your computer and your @ontariotechu.NET account just like Backup and Sync. It also provides Outlook add-ins for Google Meet and Google Drive.

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If you have Backup and Sync installed, you may be prompted to migrate your account to Drive for desktop. Please follow the guided prompts to ensure your account is migrated successfully. If you have never installed Backup and Sync, you can install Drive for desktop now. Follow the steps below. 

Step 1: Visit Use Google Drive for desktop with work or school link

Step 2: Select Download & install Google Drive for desktop and select either Windows or MAC download buttons.

Step 3: Start the application:

  • Using Windows: Open Start Menu > Google Drive
  • Using MAC: Open Applications > Google Drive

Step 4: Sign in when the application starts using your @ontariotechu.NET account with your university credentials.  If you have Backup and Sync installed with multiple accounts signed in, you will be given the opportunity to move them all to Drive for desktop. Please ensure you select your @ontariotechu.NET account.

Step 5: If the account you are signing in with is also signed into Backup and Sync on your computer, a setup Wizard will launch. The Wizard will copy your settings and guide you through the setup. If applicable, after Google Drive for desktop is set up, Backup and Sync will prompt to be uninstalled.

Step 6: Select Open Drive for desktop at the end of the Wizard to get started.

Step 7: For more detailed instructions on using Google Drive for Desktop please visit the Drive for Desktop support page

Other Google applications

  • Google Docs

    Google Docs is an online word processor that lets you create and format text documents and collaborate with other people in real-time. Here's what you can do with Google Docs:

    • Upload a Word document and convert it to a Google document.
    • Add flair and formatting to your documents by adjusting margins, spacing, fonts, and colours.
    • Invite other people to collaborate on a document with you, giving them edit, comment, or view access.
    • Collaborate online in real-time and chat with other collaborators - right from inside the document.
    • View your document's revision history and rollback to any previous version.
    • Download a Google document to your desktop as a work, OpenOffice, RTF, PDF, HTML, or zip file.
    • Translate a document to a different language.
    • Email your documents to other people as attachments.
    To learn more about Google Docs, check out the Google Docs Getting Started Guide.
  • Google Sheets

    Google Sheets is an online spreadsheet app that lets you create and format spreadsheets and simultaneously work with other people.  Here's what you can do with Google Sheets:

    • Import and convert Excel, .csv, text, and .ods formatted data to a Google spreadsheet.
    • Export Excel, .csv, txt and .ods formatted data as well as PDF and HTML files.
    • Use formula editing to perform calculations on your data and use formatting to make it look the way you'd like.
    • Chat in real-time with others who are editing your spreadsheet.
    • Create charts with your data.
    • Embed a spreadsheet - or individual sheets of your spreadsheet - on your blog or website.
    For more information about Google spreadsheets, check out the Google Spreadsheets Getting Started Guide.
  • Google Slides

    Google Slides is an online presentations app that allows you to show off your work in a visual way. Here's what you can do with Google Slides:

    • Create and edit presentations.
    • Edit a presentation with friends or coworkers and share it with others effortlessly.
    • Import .pptx and .pps files and convert them to Google presentations.
    • Download your presentations as a PDF, PPT, or .txt file.
    • Insert images and videos into your presentation.
    • Publish and embed your presentations in a website.
    For more information about Google slides, check out the Google Slides Getting Started Guide.

Please visit Google Drive Support for more information.
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