How To Organize Your Files In Google Drive


August 2, 2018

To organize your files in Drive, you can create folders to make files easier to find and share with others.

Computer .

  1. Go to drive.google.com.
  2. On the left, click New and then Folder.
  3. Enter a name for the folder.
  4. Click Create.
Move a file or folder

You can move an item from anywhere in Google Drive: the main window, the left panel, or search results.

  1. Go to drive.google.com.
  2. Right-click the item you want to move.
  3. Click Move to…
  4. Choose or create a folder, then click Move.

Drag to a folder

  1. Go to drive.google.com.
  2. Click and hold the item you want to move.
  3. Move the item over the folder and release it.

Tip: Use the left panel to move items into any folder in Google Drive.

Save an item to multiple folders

  1. Go to drive.google.com.
  2. Click the item you want to move.
  3. On your keyboard, press Shift + z.
  4. Choose the folder you want.
  5. Click Add here.
  1. Go to drive.google.com.
  2. Right-click a file.
  3. Click Make a copy Copy.

Note: You can’t copy folders, only files.

  1. Go to drive.google.com.
  2. Right-click the file or folder you want to delete.
  3. Click Remove.

If you accidentally put an item in the trash, you can restore your item.

Note: To select multiple files and folders, hold down Command (Mac) or Ctrl (Windows) as you click.

Android Phone.

  1. Open the Google Drive app.
  2. At the bottom right, tap Add Add.
  3. Tap Folder.
  4. Name the folder.
  5. Tap OK.
Move a file or folder
  1. Open the Google Drive app.
  2. Next to the item’s name, click More More.
  3. Tap Move to choose or create a folder.

Drag and drop

  1. Open the Google Drive app.
  2. Touch and hold the item you want to move.
  3. Drag the item onto a folder and release it.

To make a copy of a file, go to drive.google.com on a computer.

  1. Open the Google Drive app.
  2. Next to the item’s name, tap More More .
  3. Tap Remove.

If you accidentally put an item in the trash, you can restore your item.

Note: To select multiple files and folders, tap and hold one item, then tap another. Continue until you’ve selected all items you want.

iPhone & iPad.

  1. Open the Google Drive app.
  2. At the bottom right, tap Add Add.
  3. Tap Folder.
  4. Name the folder.
  5. Tap Create.
Move a file or folder
  1. Open the Google Drive app.
  2. Next to the item’s name, click More More.
  3. Tap Move to choose or create a folder.

Drag and drop

  1. Open the Google Drive app.
  2. Touch and hold the item you want to move.
  3. Drag the item onto a folder and release it.
  1. Open the Google Drive app.
  2. Next to the file you want to copy, click More More.
  3. Tap Make a copy.

Note: You can only copy files, not folders.

  1. Open the Google Drive app.
  2. Next to the item’s name, tap More More .
  3. Tap Remove.

If you accidentally put an item in the trash, you can restore your item.

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