Starting A Desktop From A Drive Folder

You can start a desktop from the contents of a specific Google Drive folder.  This will turn all of the items in the folder into thumbnails that you can visually organize on your middlespot desktop. You can also enhance this desktop with links, stickers, and content that is not supported in Drive.

Desktops are a great way to share a Drive folder with other people.

To start, tap the Google Drive button.

Select the folder in your Google Drive that you want to turn into a desktop. This will not move the files from your Drive, your folder will look unchanged in Drive.Your files will be represented as thumbnails in your middlespot desktop.

Select the folder from your Google Drive from the pulldown menu. Tap next to continue.

Enter in the name, custom URL, and privacy setting for your desktop.

Name Your Desktop. This is what you are calling your desktop. It appears in your list of desktops you own and what others, if you share your desktop, will know it by. The title isn't unique so you can have multiple desktops with the same name.

Link. This is a unique web address to your desktop. It is permanent and belongs only to your specific desktop.

Privacy. You have the option of setting your desktop with three privacy levels.

  • Private - only you and those you invite can view this desktop. Others who try and open this desktop will not be able to see the contents. If you have invited the user, they can follow your desktop but you still need to authenticate them to make them a contributor.
  • Password - this is a public desktop but will require a follower to enter a password you set to view the contents.
  • Public - anyone can view and follow this desktop if they have the URL. They can't contribute unless you authenticate the follower as a contributor.

IMPORTANT - If you set the desktop to PUBLIC, it will make the Drive Folder public accessible as well. Do not choose this if you want this folder to remain private. Select private desktop instead.

Tap START DESKTOP to make this desktop.

Your desktop will automatically populate with the content in your Google Drive folder. 

Sub folders are represented on your desktop as a folder icon. Tapping on the folder icon will open that directory in a new tab in your browser.

You can sync this desktop at anytime with new content in your desktop from the sync button found in the top left corner of your desktop.

Any files you delete from your google drive will be removed from your desktop. Any new files you add to your Google Drive will be added to your middlespot desktop, including sub folders.

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