Organise your files in Google Drive

To organise your files in Drive, you can create folders to make files easier to find and share with others.

Note: If you organise a lot of files or folders at once, it might take time for you to see the changes.

Create, move and copy files

Create a folder

  1. On your computer, go to drive.google.com.
  2. On the left, click New and then Folder.
  3. Enter a name for the folder.
  4. Click Create.
Move a file or a folder

You can move an item from anywhere in Google Drive: the main window, the left panel or search results.

Note: if you move folders with a lot of files or sub-folders, it might take some time for you to see the changes.

  1. On your computer, go to drive.google.com.
  2. Right-click the item that you want to move.
  3. Click Move to…
  4. Choose or create a folder, then click Move.

Drag to a folder

  1. On your computer, go to drive.google.com.
  2. Click and hold the item that you want to move.
  3. Move the item over the folder and release it.

Tip: Use the left panel to move items into any folder in Google Drive.

Create a shortcut for a file or folder

Shortcuts make it easier for you or your team to find and organize files and folders in multiple Google Drives. A shortcut is a link that references another file or folder. 

Create a shortcut

  1. On your computer, go to drive.google.com.
  2. Right-click the file or folder you want to make a shortcut for.
  3. Click Add shortcut to Drive.
  4. Choose where you want the shortcut to be.
  5. Click Add shortcut.

Note: You can create a copy of a shortcut in a Drive folder, but you can’t create a shortcut to another shortcut file.

Delete a shortcut

  1. On your computer, go to drive.google.com.
  2. Right-click the shortcut you want to remove.
  3. Click Remove.

To permanently delete the shortcut, empty your trash.

Important: If you delete a shortcut, the original file is not deleted.

Make a copy of a file
  1. On your computer, go to drive.google.com.
  2. Right-click a file.
  3. Click Make a copy Make a copy.

Notes:

  • You can’t copy folders, only files. 
  • You can create a shortcut to a folder to find it easier.
Delete a file or folder
  1. On your computer, go to drive.google.com.
  2. Right-click the file or folder that you want to delete.
  3. Click Remove.

If you accidentally put an item in the bin, you can restore your item.

Change the colour of your folder
  1. On your computer, go to drive.google.com.
  2. Right-click the folder that you want to change.
  3. Click Change colour and choose the colour that you want.
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