How To: Access Google Drive and Google Docs for Students

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Accessing Google Drive and Google DocsUploading a file from Google Drive as an assignment submission in Canvas


Accessing Google Drive and Google Docs

To access your Google Drive, go to the MyFSW, or you can access the MyFSW login by clicking on "MyFSW" on the FSW home page.

MyFSW tab on FSW Homepage.

After logging into your MyFSW Portal account, you will be directed to the MyFSW Home page.

Locate the "Google Drive" card.

Please note: The Google Drive card might not be available on your Home Page; therefore, you might need to click on the "Discover more" button at the bottom of the Home Page to find it. 

Google Drive card

1) Click on the 3 vertical dots located in the top right corner.

Google Drive card

2) Click on the "Open Google Drive" link. 

Google drive card with open google drive option selected

Please note that you may be prompted to log into your Google account. 

Log in using your FSW username and password, and then click the blue "Next" button.

Google sign-in window.

You can start using Google Docs from this page by selecting a blank or pre-made template under the "Start a new document" header.

"Start a new document" header in Google Docs.

You can also access Google Sheets, Slides, Forms, and Google Drive by clicking on the three horizontal lines in the top left-hand corner.

Red box around three horizontal lines.

Red box around Docs, Sheets, Forms, and Google Drive options.


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Uploading a file from Google Drive as an assignment submission in Canvas

Log into your Canvas account and open your course to upload a Google Drive file as an assignment submission in Canvas.

Click on the title of the assignment.

Title of the assignment.

Click on the blue "Start Assignment" button in the top right-hand corner.

Blue "Start Assignment" button.


Click on the "Google Drive" tab under the assignment details.

Please note that you may be asked to "Authorize Google Drive Access" by signing into your Google account using your FSW email and password before accessing the documents in your Google Drive. If you experience any issues authorizing Google Drive access, please don't hesitate to reach out to the FSW IT Help Desk by calling 239-489-9202 or emailing

"Google Drive" tab.

In the "Select a file" window, (1) click on the file you would like to submit and (2) click the "Select" button.

Select a file and the "Select" button.

Then, click on the "SUBMIT" button.

"SUBMIT" button.


Next, click on the green "Submit Assignment" button.

Green "Submit Assignment" button.


After you submit your assignment, Canvas displays a message notifying you that your submission is processing. You can navigate away from the assignment submission page without disrupting the file upload. You will also receive an email notification when your submission completes processing.

Click the "OK" button to clear the notification.

Blue "OK" button on Instructure window.


Lastly, view the confirmation of your assignment submission on the right-hand side of that assignment's page.

Submission confirmation.


For more information on uploading a file from Google Drive as an assignment submission in Canvas, please visit How do I upload a file from Google Drive as an assignment submission in Canvas?


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