Create folders and move files in Google Drive

Creating folders in Google Drive may be simple, but it’s an important part of managing all your files within your account. It might be tempting to just search for files, but the more you have, the cluttered your drive will be. That’s where folders come in.

However you look at it, there is no downside to adding an organizational structure to your Google Drive account. Here’s how to create folders and move files in Google Drive.

Create folders in Google Drive

Step 1: Go to the main home page of your Google Drive account. Click on the New button and select folder

The New button in Google Drive, from which you can create a new folder.

Step 2: Enter a name for the new folder. For demonstration purposes, I call this folder Work Projects. After entering a name, click on the To create knob.

Enter a name for a new folder in Google Drive.

Move files

Now that you’ve created a new folder, let’s take a look at how to move files into it.

Step 1: Go to your Google Drive home page. Right-click on a file you want to move to the folder you just created and select the Move to option.

The Move to option in Google Drive when you right-click on a file.

Step 2: Click on the newly created folder and then click on the Movement knob.

Select a folder to move a file to in Google Drive.

Step 3: If you have more than one file that you want to move to a folder, you don’t need to repeat the above step for each individual file. Click and hold the CTRL button (or Assignment if you’re using a Mac), then select all the files you want to move. As shown in step 1, right click on a file and select the Move to field. Finally, select the folder and click Movement

Select multiple files on Google Drive and move them all to a folder.

Other map tips

Step 1: Another way to create a folder is to right click on a file and Move toand then click the New map knob. Enter a name for the folder and click the blue check mark. Click on the Move here knob.

Create a new folder to move a file to in Google Drive.

Step 2: Creating folders in a folder is another way you can manage your files in Google Drive. Open a folder and select the name next to My motivation† Select the New map option, enter a name and click the To create knob. Now follow the same steps explained above for moving files.

Create a new folder within an existing folder in Google Drive.

For more general tips on using Google Drive, see our in-depth guide explaining its features.

If you still don’t know which cloud storage service to use, check out our detailed overview of the best cloud platforms.

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