Previously running through the rumor mill, Google Drive can now cast presentations to your TV via Chromecast through your PC, which has recently been enabled for all users. It was first reported last October that the feature was being tested and available to a handful of users, but Google never released any confirmation of such feature surfacing. Even now, Google hasn’t made an official announcement, even though the feature is widely available.
With this feature, users can keep their presentation notes on their computer while streaming their slideshow to the larger display. Previously, users could only mirror the entire browser tab to the larger display, preventing the user from viewing their notes while presenting.
At $35, Google’s Chromecast adds a slew of apps to your television, such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, and HBO Go, streaming that content from your device to a larger HD display.
How does it work? If you’ve Chromecast and a PC, just use the dongle to share the presentation. You just have to make sure that both your computer and Chromecast are on the same Wi-Fi along with the Google Cast extension installed in Chrome.
To share the presentation to the television, open the file using Google Drive on your computer. You’ll see the Present button in the upper-right corner. Click on the drop-down arrow and there will be an option to “Present on another device”. That’s where you will find your Chromecast device.
The mobile version of Google Drive currently doesn’t support the feature, and there’ve been no announcements on the inclusion of the presentation casting from mobile devices. However, Chromebooks will definitely benefit from this new feature, since they are becoming increasingly popular in schools and business. Combined with Chromecast, this is a very affordable way to present in a professional or educational environment.