Choose what syncs to your computer

Pick syncing preferences for what syncs to the Google Drive folder on your computer.

The Google Drive for your Mac/PC application puts you in control – you can keep or change the default syncing settings. Decide whether you want to sync Google documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, all of My Drive or individual folders, and items in Shared with me.

Google documents, spreadsheets, and presentations

All of the Google documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms, drawings, and Fusion Tables that you own will sync to your Google Drive folder unless you disable this preference:

  1. Click the Google Drive icon google drive desktop icon found in the taskbar on your computer. Normally this will be in the upper right on Mac and lower right on PC.
  2. Select "Preferences..." (Mac) or "Preferences..." (PC).
  3. Uncheck the box next to "Only sync some folders to this computer."
  4. Click Apply changes.

All of "My Drive" or 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. Click the Google Drive desktop icon google drive desktop icon on your computer.
  3. Select "Preferences..." (Mac) or "Preferences..." (PC).
  4. Check the box next to "Only sync some folders to this computer."
  5. Select which folders you'd like to sync to your Google Drive folder.
  6. Click Apply changes.

Items in "Shared with me"

All files and folders that others have shared with you won't sync to the Google 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. Click the Google Drive desktop icon google drive desktop icon on your computer.
  3. Select "Preferences..." (Mac) or "Preferences..." (PC).
  4. Click the "Visit Shared with me to sync shared items" link. You'll be taken to Shared with me in Google Drive on the web.
  5. Drag-and-drop files and folders from Shared with me into My Drive or individual folders that you've synced.
Any change that you make to a shared file or folder – on the web or on your computer – will sync and update your collaborators' copies as well. Learn more about syncing shared files.