Create, move, or delete a folder

If you want to organize your files to make them easier to find and share, you can create a folder in Drive. You can then move or delete your folders anytime you want.

Create a folder

To create a folder, follow these steps:

  1. Open Google Drive at drive.google.com.
  2. On the left side of the screen, click New.
    • Don't see New? You may be using the old Google Drive. Try clicking Create on the left side instead.
  3. Select New Folder.
  4. Enter a folder name and click Create.

The new folder will sync automatically to the Google Drive folder on your computer unless you choose to sync only certain folders. Changes made to a folder online will be reflected on your computer and vice versa.

Note: At this time, it isn't possible to create folders in the Docs, Sheets, or Slides mobile apps, or any of the Docs, Sheets, or Slides home screens. To view Drive folders in the home screens, click the file picker icon in the top right corner of the home screen.

Move a folder

You can move a folder a couple of different ways:

  • Right-click on the folder name and select Move to.
  • Click-and-hold a folder and drag it to a new location.

If the instructions above don't work, you may be using an old version of Drive. Try the following steps:

  1. Select a folder.
  2. Click the folder icon .
  3. Choose the location that you'd like to move the folder to.
  4. Click Move.

Move files into folders shared with you

To move files into a shared folder using the new Google Drive, follow these steps:

  1. Open Google Drive at drive.google.com.
  2. Click Shared with me in the left-hand side navigation.
  3. Click the "Add to My Drive" icon .
    • Don't see the "Add to My Drive" icon ? You may be using the old version of Drive. Use the alternate instructions below.
  4. Add files to the folder.
Alternate instructions for the old version of Drive
  1. Click on Shared with me in the left-hand side navigation.
  2. Drag and drop the shared folder into "My Drive".
  3. Add files to the folder.

Delete a folder

To delete a folder:

  1. Right-click the folder you’d like to delete.
  2. Click Remove.
  3. The folder and all items in the folder will be moved to “Trash”. If you've chosen to sync all items in “My Drive”, the folder will also be moved to your computer's trash bin.

If you've accidentally trashed a folder, you can recover it as long as it hasn't been permanently deleted.

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