Introduction to Companion extensions

The Drive Companion extensions for Google Drive are a set of browser add-ons that bring Google Drive closer to the desktop.

It will help increase productivity by making Google Drive behave more like a first-class desktop citizen.

Open Google Drive files from the web and the desktop in dedicated, easy to find and directly accessible windows. Switch between files directly from the taskbar without having to search through numerous tabs in several browser windows.

Features

Companion support for:

  • Google drive*
  • Google docs
  • Google sheets
  • Google slides

Make Google drive behave like a desktop application:

  • Open drive files from the Google drive web interface or directly from the desktop (works best with Google Backup and Sync)
  • Drive files open automatically in their own dedicated window
  • All drive files are grouped by their type and easily accessible from the taskbar or through the task switcher.

No compromises

  • As it is an extension it always uses the latest and greatest version of chrome and will always support the latest drive features
  • Offline editing is fully supported
  • Works well together with other drive extensions

What else?

  • It is only active when needed with a low memory/cpu footprint on your system as a result.
  • Free, fast and no strings attached.

Advantages over Wrapper solutions

Many if not all comparable solutions using wrappers (such as those developed using electron) suffer from the same shortcomings and limit the Google drive experience.

Offline editing is only possible with Chrome (and extension support) so none of these solutions will offer the best, most reliable experience. Not being able to continue editing a document after an internet service disruption could cause waste of valuable time and money.

Additionally these solutions wrap a version of chrome that is not up-to-date and that takes up a significant amount of space with little benefits or added value.

Some are not free.

We don’t believe in asking money for adding to an already great and free service so our companion extensions are and always will be free to use without strings attached.