Shortcuts can make it easier for you and your team to find and organize files and folders in Google Drive. A shortcut is a link that references another file or folder. You can use them in My Drive or a shared drive.
Anyone with access to the file, folder, or shared drive can see a shortcut, but it doesn’t mean they can open it. You need to give people access to the original file, not the shortcut.
- Open Drive.
- Right-click a file or folder.
- Click Add shortcut to Drive.
- Select the location for the shortcut.
- Click Add Shortcut.
- If you create a shortcut in a folder that’s owned by someone else, you can’t delete the shortcut.
- You can't create a shortcut of a shortcut, but you can make a copy of it.
- Open Drive.
- Right-click a shortcut. In Drive, shortcuts have an arrow on the file or folder image.
- Click Remove.
- (Optional) To permanently remove the shortcut, delete it from your trash:
- On the left, click Trash.
- Right-click a shortcut Delete forever.
Note: Deleting a shortcut does not delete the original file or folder the shortcut is based on. The original file or folder can only be deleted by the owner.
Fix broken shortcuts
A shortcut will break if:
- You don’t have permission to open the original file.
- The original file is in the trash or permanently deleted.
To fix a broken shortcut, ask the owner for permission to open the file. Or, try to restore the original file.