How to Open Google Docs from Mounted Disk

Olga Weis

CloudMounter is an application that enables mounting Google Drive on your Mac, so you can access and manage files stored there as if they were on a local hard drive. CloudMounter does not force you to sync files on your local drive and in the cloud, the files get copied to your hard drive only when you choose to open them, thus no precious storage space gets wasted on your computer.

Open Google Docs from mounted disk

CloudMounter is integrated in Finder, so when you mount Google Drive on your Mac, all its contents are displayed in Finder. However since Finder does not recognize formats such as .gdoc and .gsheet, your Google document – be it a text document or a spreadsheet – is displayed as of unknown format and double-clicking on it returns an error. Associating Google files with a browser opens them as text documents providing a link to the actual location of documents on Google docs website.

So how do you get Google docs access? What do you do if you want to open Google docs online in Google Docs and Google Sheets in a double click? You need to install the native Google Disk client on your Mac for that. Do not worry – there is no need to login into your account there or synchronize files on the cloud and local drive, or even keep the app running. All you have to do is to download and install the application, go to Settings, disable automatic launching of the app on the system startup and exit. During installation the app will set associations for files. A double-click on a .gdoc or .gsheet document will automatically launch the app in the background, and your request will be redirected to a browser to open a required document or spreadsheet in Google docs storage. All .gdoc and .gsheet files on the mounted disk will be displayed with corresponding labels – documents and spreadsheets.

Mount other online storage accounts


Apart from Google Drive, CloudMounter supports a number of other cloud services, including Dropbox, Amazon S3, Microsoft OneDrive and WebDAV mount. It also has a built-in FTP/SFTP/FTPS client. Thus CloudMounter can serve as a single point of access to all your data stored online. Using CloudMounter is secure and safe – logging in is performed through native APIs of the cloud accounts and passwords for FTP and WebDAV servers are securely kept in Mac OS Keychain.

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CloudMounter

Requirements: OS X 10.10+ , 13.1Mb free space
Version 3.4.546 (9th Sep, 2018) Release notes
Category: System Utilities