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Create a Google Team Drive

Anyone can create a Google Team Drive and then add members and set permissions. You can designate a Google Group as the membership for a Team Drive. Using Workgroup Integration, you can create a Google Group from existing Stanford Workgroups. Below you will find instructions for creating and managing Google Groups and Team Drives.

Create a Google Group

One of the advantages of Google Team Drive is that the group owns all of the documents in the Team Drive, so even if one member leaves, all of the documents remain.  You can use Workgroup Integration to create a Google Group from current Workgroups. Once the permissions are granted to your Google Group, access to the Team Drive is automatically adjusted when you add or remove members from your Stanford Workgroup, allowing you to manage access entirely from within Workgroup Manager.

To do this, follow the instructions on the Google Groups for Workgroups page  to create a Google Group that you will then use as the owner of the Team Drive.

  • Allow up to 24 hours for the linked Google Group to appear on the Google Groups management site.
  • All administrators of the Workgroup become owners of the new Google Group.  All members of the Workgroup become members of the Google Group.
  • You can only use Workgroup Manager to maintain membership for Stanford users.  You can add non-Stanford users directly to the Team Drive within Google Apps.
  • When you create the Team Drive, you can name it anything you want and then in the membership list assign the Google Group name that the Workgroup Integration tool created, and give it Full access permission.  The Google Group name will be in the format
    • Full access permission allows members full access to upload, edit, and delete files, as well as to invite other members to the Team Drive.
    • If you want some members of the Team Drive group to have only Edit, Comment, or View access, create separate Workgroups and then add those groups as members with the appropriate permissions.

Create a Team Drive

Google carefully documents how to create and manage Team Drives.  Below are some links that you might find useful.

  • Setup a Team Drive - Follow these instructions to create a Team Drive, add members, and set permissions.
  • Add Files and Folders - Learn how to create folders and add and open files.
  • Organize Files - Find instructions for how to move, delete, restore, and search for files.
  • Share and Collaborate - Share files with people who are not part of the designated team.
Last modified March 8, 2018