Save, Share, and Collaborate Using Diagrams on Google Drive

One of the many ways to share your SmartDraw diagram is using Google Drive. You can quickly connect to Google Drive and collaborate with your team.

Connect SmartDraw to Google Drive

  1. On the home screen, click on "Add Service" on the left panel, and choose Googe Drive.
  2. A new browser window will open and prompt you to login to your Google account.
  3. When prompted, agree to let SmartDraw connect to your Google Drive by clickin "Allow".
Connect to Google Drive

Save Diagrams to Google Drive

You can now save any diagram to Google Drive using "Save As" in the File tab.

Save to Google Drive

Set Saving Preferences on the Admin Level

A site license admin can restrict the saving preferences and connected allowed third party solutions for the entire license.

This means you can easily set the default location every user saves to as Google Drive. You can even prohibit your users from saving anywhere else.

To do so, login to your account, and select "Document Control".

SmartDraw is the default storage selection for all licenses. To switch it, bring up the drop down menu for Default and select Google Drive. You can also go one step further. Instead of just setting your preferences as the default, you can restrict all other storage options by toggling them to the off position. Leave only Google Drive selected.

SmartDraw gives you peace of mind that your team will work in the secure environment of your choice.

Admin preferences

Open SmartDraw Diagrams from Google Drive

Once connected, SmartDraw diagrams will appear with thumbnail previews in your Google Drive folders. To edit a file, navigate to it and double-click to bring up an app selection drop-down and choose SmartDraw Diagrams.

You can also right-click on a file, go to Open With in the modal that pops up and choose SmartDraw Diagrams.

Any changes you make to the diagram will be saved to Google Drive automatically.

Diagrams with previews in Google Drive Open a diagram from Google Drive

Create New SmartDraw Diagrams Directly from Google Drive

You can also create new SmartDraw diagrams directly from Google Drive. Simply click on New, navigate to More and choose SmartDraw Diagrams.

Login with your normal SmartDraw credentials.

Draw your diagram or choose an existing diagram stored in your account and save it to Google Drive.

Open from Google Drive

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