Create, move, or delete a folder

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.

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

Move a folder

To move a folder, right-click on the folder name and select Move to, or 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 and click the folder icon.
  2. Choose the location that you'd like to move the folder to.
  3. Click Move.

Learn how to organize shared folders.

Move files into folders shared with you

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

  1. Click Incoming in the left-hand side navigation.
  2. Click the "Add to My Drive" icon .
  3. 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, follow these steps:

  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.

Tips for using folders

  • Folders can be nested like folders on your desktop. If you sync folders to your computer using Google Drive for your Mac/PC, the folder structure will stay the same.
  • You can share folders with other people. The sharing permissions that you set for the folder will be applied to everything inside of it.
  • Share a folder so you can work on files with others. Select a folder and click the share icon to give others access to the files inside your folder. After someone has been given access, you’ll see his/her circle icon.

  • Users with "Can edit" access can give access to other users. You can track activity of the folder to see exactly who has access.
  • To add something to more than one folder, hold the Ctrl key ( for Mac) and select multiple folders.
When you sync a folder to the Google Drive folder on your computer, changes made to a folder online will be reflected on your computer and vice versa. If you remove a file from a shared folder, collaborators with access to the folder but not the individual file will no longer be able to see the item in their Google Drive.

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