We will take a quick look at basic controls like moving Google Docs and files over Google Drive.
Google Drive itself, with all the documents and files on it, is, basically, the same File Explorer you have on your computer but cloud-based. And for the most part, that means the controls here are nearly the same. So, let’s quickly overview them.
Go to the top right corner, to the button with “Sign in”
And here, enter either your email address or the phone number that is linked to the account. For example, we will enter our email to show you how it works. Then we press “Next” down here, and on the next page, enter the password. Then press “Next” over here, and we’re back to the Google homepage, but now we are signed in
As we are on the Google homepage, from here, we have access to nearly all Google services, and to Google Drive, in particular. We need the button with multiple dots (“Google apps”), and here we locate and click on the “Drive” item
Moving Files on Google Drive
Here we are on Google Drive, where we want to show you how to organize the files. Here, on our Google Drive, we have Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets, folders, images, videos, etc.
Now to move a single file, just press-hold on it and then drag and drop to where you need it to go. As it disappeared from here, if we enter the folder we moved it to, we’ll see that the file is right here
Now to move multiple files, create a selection area by press-holding on any empty space near the files and move the mouse pointer in such a way to capture all the required files. Then press-hold on any file among the selected ones and drop it into some folder
Then, to pick out some individual files, press and hold the “Ctrl” or “Cmd” button on the keyboard and select the multiple ones individually. Then drag and drop to where you need them to go
Moving Files via the Sidebar
Then there’s a way to move the files via the sidebar on the left of the page.
Click on the little arrow left to “My Drive”, and you’ll see a so-called tree with all the folders you have on your Google Drive
NB! This option is just great when you need to move your documents deeper into the Google Drive folders in, basically, a single move, instead of opening every folder on the way and moving the files one by one.
So, by clicking on the arrow left to every folder here, you can view more and more folders deeper into Google Drive. Once you reach the one you need, select the required files and then just drag and drop them into the necessary folder. There you go
Working with Shared Files
Concerning the files shared with you, let us switch to that view (“Shared with me” on the left of the page). So, you can't move these files to your Google Drive, but you can create the shortcuts for them for quick access from your Google Drive.
For that, right-click the mouse on the required file to open the context menu. And then locate and press on the “Add shortcut to Drive” item
Then we select a folder it will go to. And when the required folder is selected, choose “Go to my Drive”, locating this shortcut to the shared file
The file will have a special icon on it. Double click on this file, and it will open in a new tab. There you have it
Moving the Google Doc Inside the Google Doc
And there’s also a way you can move the document you are currently working on to any other folder on your Google Drive right from inside the document.
So, open the required document, go to “File” on the toolbar on top of the page, locate “Move” a bit lower, and press on it
That will open a menu, where you go to the folder you need and then press “Move here” in the bottom right corner of this bar
Once you see such a notification (you will see a sample on the screenshot below), your file is now in the folder you need. There we go
We hope this tutorial will help you learn how to move files into the folders on Google Drive. Good luck!
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