Get started with shared drives

2. Add files and folders

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Now, add files and folders to your shared drive.

In this section, you learn how to:

2.1 Create folders
2.2 Add and edit files

2.1 Create folders

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Create a new folder:

  1. On the left, click a shared drive or existing folder.
  2. Click Plus Newand thenFolder.
  3. Enter a folder name and click Create.


  • To move folders into a shared drive that are already stored in My Drive or another shared drive, contact your G Suite administrator.
  • Subfolders must have the same permission as the top-level folder.

Upload an existing folder from your computer:

  1. On the left, click a shared drive folder.
  2. On your computer, drag an existing folder into a shared drive. Or, click Plus Newand thenFolder upload. Navigate to the folder and open it.

Upload a folder from your computer

2.2 Add and edit files

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Requires at least Contributor access

Any files you add are owned by the team. If you leave the shared drive, your files remain.

  1. On the left, click a shared drive.
  2. Drag an existing file (that you own*) from your computer or from My Drive into a shared drive. Or, click Plus New and choose an option:
    • To create a file, select the file type you want to create, such as Google Docs.
    • To upload a file, click File upload. Navigate to the file and open it.
  3. Double-click a file to open and edit it.

*If you don't own the file but have Can edit access in Drive, you can move it to a shared drive if your G Suite administrator has allowed this option.

Note: To store and access files on your desktop, use Drive File Stream. See Get started with Drive.

Add shared files

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