Understand how files and folders behave in Google Drive?
To get the best results out of Google Drive you cannot try to make Google Drive and its applications work in the same way as Windows file manager and Microsoft Office. The model for them both is very different and files exist differently in each:
When you are working in a shared folders on Google Drive remember it is a shared space and so what you do in there will affect the other users of that space.
If you have Edit permissions to a file in a shared space, even if you are not the owner, you could still move that file out of the shared folder. As a result of this action your colleagues could lose access to that file. Thankfully when sharing permissions on a file are changed like this a pop up warning - Some people may lose access will appear:
The owner of a folder in a shared space can delete a folder without also deleting the files it contains, if the files are owned by someone else then they will fall into the void. Even though the file owner will be able to find them if they run a search on the files you should always think of how your actions may affect other peoples work in shared spaces.
In Microsoft if you have access to a file and are able to delete it, then it will be gone, whereas in Google, only the owner of the file can delete it:
Google Drive is both a file storage system and a collection of generic applications e.g. Sheets, Docs. It is important to realise that Google Drive works very well for native Google Drive documentation i.e. Google Docs, Sheets or Slides etc. These documents are designed to include collaborative features and so are very useful for project collaboration.
Microsoft Office files e.g Excel, Word and PowerPoint can be uploaded to Drive but they are designed to be edited in the corresponding Office applications on a local or network drive, not on an internet location. Office documents will open in a browser preview but are not editable. However, you can get limited editing of Office documents in the Chrome browser if the Google Extension "Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides" is added.
For further explanation see: Drive behaviours and working practices