Many times, you will be working on a file on two different computers and need to transfer the file between them. There are several ways to do this.
Using a Flash drive
- Insert your flash drive into your computer
- Open the flash drive folder: use the shortcut that pops up, or find it on your computer using the steps below:
- Windows user: open your file folder and go to Computer > Devices with Removable Storage
- Mac user: open Finder and look in Devices
- Make a folder for the file(s) you will be transferring, if desired (maybe include a link to saving files article)
- Find the file you want to save; right click and copy the file
- Return to the flash drive folder; right click and paste the file
- Take the flash drive to the next computer
- Open the flash drive folder (see step two above)
- Open and save the file(s) from the flash drive folder into your preferred location on the new computer.
Sending a file via email
- Open up your preferred email program
- Create an email and add your email address as the recipient
- Add a subject line and body text that indicates what the email contains
- Attach your file to the email (the process for attaching a file may vary between email providers)
- Send email
- Access your email from the computer you were transferring the file to
- Download the file to begin editing it
Using Online Storage: OneDrive
OneDrive is an online system that allows you to create, share, and store Microsoft files online. GCU offers free access to OneDrive for any active students. For instructions on accessing the account, please see Microsoft Online Programs in the GCU Portal. As an active student, you also have the ability to access OneDrive from the GCU Portal. For more information on OneDrive, please see My Apps in the GCU Portal.
Using Online Storage: Google Drive
Google Drive is an online system that allows you to create, store, and share Google Documents online. Since Google Drive is a third party program, the best resource for information and access questions is Google’s support documentation.