Choose what syncs to your computer

Turn off sync for files you own

If you want to keep your documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms, drawings, and fusion tables from automatically syncing to the Drive folder on your computer, you can turn off syncing.

  1. On your desktop, click the Google Drive icon google drive desktop icon.
    • On a Mac, the icon is usually found in the menu bar at the top right of your desktop screen.
    • On a PC, the icon is usually found in the taskbar in the bottom right of your desktop screen.
  2. In the top right, click the overflow menu .
  3. Select Preferences.
  4. Uncheck the box next to "Only sync some folders to this computer."
  5. Click Apply changes.

Sync individual folders

Everything in "My Drive" will sync to your Google Drive folder, unless you choose to sync individual folders.

  1. Organize your files into folders that you plan to sync.
  2. On your desktop, click the Google Drive icon google drive desktop icon.
    • On a Mac, the icon is usually found in the menu bar at the top right of your desktop screen.
    • On a PC, the icon is usually found in the taskbar in the bottom right of your desktop screen.
  3. In the top right, click the overflow menu .
  4. Select Preferences.
  5. Check the box next to "Only sync some folders to this computer."
  6. Select which folders you'd like to sync to your Google Drive folder.
  7. Click Apply changes.

Sync items in "Shared with me"

None of the files and folders that others have shared with you will sync to the Drive folder on your computer unless you add them to "My Drive" or to the individual folders that you've synced.

  1. Make sure you're connected to the Internet.
  2. On your desktop, click the Google Drive icon google drive desktop icon.
    • On a Mac, the icon is usually found in the menu bar at the top right of your desktop screen.
    • On a PC, the icon is usually found in the taskbar in the bottom right of your desktop screen.
  3. In the top right, click the overflow menu .
  4. Select Preferences.
  5. Click Visit Shared with me. You'll be taken to "Shared with me" in Google Drive on the web.
  6. Drag and drop files and folders from "Shared with me" into "My Drive" or individual folders that you've synced.

Note: Any change that you make to a shared file or folder – on the web or on your computer – will sync and update it for anyone else with access to the file or folder as well. Learn more about syncing shared files.

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