Get started with Google Drive

Organize your files into folders

Folders make it easy to organize all of your files and Google documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in Google Drive. Folders can also be stored hierarchically, like folders on your desktop. In addition, folders can be shared.

If you've chosen to sync a particular folder to your Google Drive folder, changes made to a folder on the web will be reflected on your computer, and vice versa.

If you remove a file from a shared folder, collaborators with access to the folder will no longer see the item in their Google Drive.

Create a folder in Google Drive

To create a folder in Google Drive on the web, follow these steps:

  1. Click the red Create button at the top left of your Google Drive.
  2. Select Folder from the drop-down menu.
  3. Enter a name for the folder.
  4. Click Create and the folder is created in My Drive

If you choose to sync all items in My Drive, the folder syncs to your desktop Google Drive folder. It also shows in the All items view of Google Drive on the web.

To move a folder within another folder, follow these steps:

  1. Right click the title and select Organize.
  2. Select the folder(s) that you'd like to place the folder in.
  3. Click Apply changes

Add files to a folder

To add a file to a folder, follow these steps:

  1. Select the item(s) in your Google Drive by checking the box next to its title.
  2. Click the Folder icon above your list of items.
  3. Select the folder where you’d like to store your items. You can also deselect a folder to remove a file from a particular folder.
  4. Click Apply changes.

When you're working with a file or Google document, spreadsheet, or presentation, you can add that item to a folder without having to go back to your Drive:

  1. With the file open, click the File menu and select Move to folder.
  2. Select the folder where you’d like to store your items. Or, if you'd like, you can create a new folder.