Customizing Glide OS [Part 2]

In our earlier article, we discussed how you can set up an online operating system using Glide OS.

Glide OS 4.0 is a free cloud computing solution, which offers a wide range of web based applications under one umbrella.  Glide provides cross platform compatibility for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris and a wide range of mobile devices which includes Android, iPhone etc.

If you have missed the earlier article, we recommend reading it first and then read this one which discusses the following points:

  • Syncing files from multiple computers to online operating system
  • Managing folders in Online glide OS.
  • Using Glide applications for various computing jobs
  • Customizing the Glide desktop.

Syncing Files From Multiple Computers to Glide OS

1. First, go to the downloads page and download the Glide desktop client for Windows, MAC or Linux. You have to install this client on each computer you want to sync with your Glide OS account.

Download Glide OS Desktop client

All the files which is synced from different computers will be kept at a central location; you can further create multiple containers and sync each container with a specific device, as described later in the article. Glide supports over 250 file formats and the files synced to Glide are automatically converted into compatible previews for a broad range of devices.

2. Install the desktop client by following the instructions of the installation wizard.

Install Glide OS desktop client

3. Start the client and go to “Settings -> Accounts” and enter your Glide account credentials, as shown:

Glide desktop client login

4. Go the “Sync” tab and specify a folder which you want to sync with your Glide OS account. This folder can be anywhere on your computer and you can further choose multiple folders or drives to sync, at a later point of time.

You can choose to sync the Glide folders automatically, every hour, every day or week or choose to manually sync, as shown below:

Sync Folders with Glide OS

Syncing files is easy, just dump everything to the Glide Sync folder and everything will automatically be uploaded to your Glide OS account. You can further create subfolders and organize the files – the same directory structure will be preserved in Glide OS as well.

Here is the local folder in my Windows computer that is synced with Glide:

Glide Sync Local Folder

I added all of them in the Glide desktop client, as shown below:

Glide desktop sync - adding folders and subfolders

After the sync is complete, just log in to your Glide OS account from a browser and you will be able to view or download any file or folder. Here is a view of my Glide Desktop:

Glide Folder sync

Very Important: Every sync activity is followed by a time stamp, so you should be very careful with file syncing. Suppose you have synced a folder from your desktop one day ago. After a week, you log into Glide OS from the browser, find the folder and delete it (thinking that the folder is already present in your computer).

Now the next time, you run the Glide desktop client, the application will check for the last timestamp of the sync activity. It will see that the last timestamp was when you deleted the folder from online Glide OS. Hence, running the sync activity will delete the folder from your local computer as well.

How Do I Ensure that Data is never lost

Keep two things in mind:

  • Do not delete anything from Glide OS, delete from the local computer first.
  • If you must delete from the Glide OS, do not run Sync activity from each local computer. First back up the deleted files or folders from the Glide folder to another drive and then run the sync activity.

Managing Files and Folders in Glide OS

Managing files and folders (read containers) in Glide OS is very easy, just select the file or folder and you have different options to choose from:

  • You can download the folder or upload more files to the specific folder by using the “Download” and “upload” buttons.
  • Move the folder to another container by dragging and dropping.
  • Create sub folders within the same folder and organize your files or documents.

Managing files folders Glide OS

It’s very basic and works the same way as if you are working in windows explorer.

Using Glide Applications

Using Glide applications is also very easy, just log into your Glide desktop and you will have a lot of applications at your disposal. You can create documents, images, presentations and other files using these applications and save them in your Glide OS account. I am not going into using these applications because they are pretty straightforward and self explanatory.

Here are some application previews:

Image Editor

Glide Os Applications - Image editor

Word processor

Glideos Application - Word processor


Glideos Application - Presentation

Address Book

Glideos Application - Address book


Glideos Application - Calculator


Glideos Application - Paintbrush

Email Account (Optional)

Glideos Application - Email account

Meetings and Scheduling

Glideos Application - Meetings and Scheduling

Calendar And Event Management

Glideos Application - Calendar and Event Management

Do you need anything else? Despite of all the above apps, there are a lot more apps which you can use.

Customizing Your Glide Desktop

Customizing the Glide desktop is also easily achieved, just click “Customize” at the Glide Taskbar and you can pick a theme for your Glide desktop. You can not create a theme from scratch, but there are a wide variety of themes to choose from :

Customizing the Glide desktop

After picking a theme, you can rearrange items, show specific folders on the desktop or create shortcuts to applications. It’s exactly the same in Windows and novice users will feel at home using the Glide desktop. Here is a view of my Glide desktop:

Glide desktop view


Without any doubt, Glide OS is the best web based operating system I have ever seen or used. It’s not just file syncing, there are wide range of applications all at one place, you will never need any other website or tool to create documents, manage photos, schedule meetings and  so on.

What’s your take on Glide OS? Do you use any web based operating system? Please share your ideas in the comments section.


  1. I really like the idea of Glide OS.  Two things that they need to do to make it really worth the effort for some of us to use.  First is to give us a way to read e-mail from other sources than inside glide OS.  Second would be a way to add custom code or edit the current code for the personal web page designer, because the cookie cutter stuff that is there needs some improvement and flexibility.

    I like the fact that they are going to support iPads, too.

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