A frustrating experience with returning to Google Drive from a Doc/Sheet/Slide

About a year ago, it became clear that Google Drive was attempting to focus on Docs, Sheets, and Slides as separate products. They launched separate apps for Docs, Sheets, and Slides on iOS and Android. It makes switching between a Doc and a Sheet more annoying. Maybe they are following the new trend in apps for a service to create a bunch of mini-apps (for example Foursquare’s recent split for the Swarm app).

But you know what’s really frustrating? Working with Google Docs/Sheets/Slides on the web. The service assumes that, because I am working on a spreadsheet now, the next document I work on MUST ALSO be a spreadsheet.

Google Drive Sheets upper left button

Here, I am working on a Sheet. But the next document I want to work on is a Doc. The only path out of this Sheet that I can see on the page is the giant green box next to the title of the Sheet. If I tap on that, I get sent to a list of other Sheets.

Sheets

 

Why, Google, why? Why don’t you send me to your beautiful, robust Google Drive home? There, I can get a view of everything I’m working on.

Instead, I find myself:

  • Opening a new tab
  • Typing drive.google.com
  • Then having to switch accounts (because, of course, Drive defaults me to my personal account and not my work account)

If someone over in the Googleplex can hear me, please consider changing this default behavior to point back to Drive.

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