Google Drive is a popular cloud platform for storing and sharing files. It’s ideal for collaborative diagramming and add-ons are available for the G Suite apps - Google Docs, Google Slides and Google Sheets.

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Authorise to use Google Drive

After you have selected Google Drive as your storage location for diagram files, you may be prompted to authorise to allos access to the files stored there.

  1. Click Authorise, then log into your Google Drive account.
  2. Click Allow to grant ( permission to Add itself to Google Drive.
  3. Click Allow to grant permission to View and manage Google Drive files and folders that you have opened or created with this app.
  4. Click Allow to confirm your choices.

Learn about the permissions needs for Google Drive and G Suite

Note: If you sign out of your Google Drive account, you will be prompted to sign back in when your diagram is saved, but you won’t need to authorise again. If you are having trouble, follow these steps to fix connection issues with in Google Drive.

  1. Once you are logged into Google Drive, and you have authorised to use your account, go to to start diagramming.
  2. Click Create New Diagram to start a new diagram, or Open Existing Diagramto browse to a diagram file stored in your Google Drive account and open it.

Create a new diagram from within Google Drive

You can also create new diagrams directly from your within your Google Drive account, instead of opening first.

  1. In Google Drive, click New or right-click anywhwere on your file list.
  2. Select More > to create a new diagram.
  3. Edit the Diagram Name, select a template from the template library, or use the Blank Diagram, then click Create to open it in the editor.

Work with diagrams in Google Drive

Double click on a file to open an existing diagram file in the editor or import a diagram into Google Drive.

To allow non-Google users to see your diagram, you can publicly publish it. Alternatively, encode the diagram as a link to share with people online.

Work with revisions of diagrams stored in Google Drive - this tracks all changes made to your diagram by all authorised Google Drive users.

Use inside G Suite apps

Embed diagrams in documents, slides and sheets with the add-ons for G Suite apps. Using the add-ons means you don’t need to manually export an image and update it in your document every time you edit your diagram. Simply use the Add-ons menu and update all of your embedded diagrams at once.