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Add files and folders to shared drives

You can use this feature only if your organization supports it. For help, contact your administrator.
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Now, add files and folders to your shared drive.

In this section, you learn how to:

Create folders


Create a new folder:

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

Note: Any subfolders you create must have the same permission as the top-level folder.


  • To move folders from My Drive or another shared drive into a shared drive, contact your 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 desktop, drag an existing folder into a shared drive. Or, click Newand thenFolder upload. Navigate to the folder and open it.

Upload a folder from your computer

Add and edit files


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, at the top of Drive, click 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 Editor access in Drive, you can move it to a shared drive if your administrator has allowed this option.

Note: To store and access files on your desktop, use Google Drive for desktop. For details, see What can you do with Drive for desktop.

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