Creating Folders

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 10, 2013)

As you use Google Drive regularly, you'll quickly amass a large collection of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and other files. As your collection becomes larger, you'll need to come up with a way to organize all these files. The logical way to do it is to use folders. Fortunately Drive allows you to easily create organizational folders. Follow these steps:

  1. Log into Google Drive (drive.google.com).
  2. Click the Create button at the left of the screen. Drive presents you with a list of items you can create.
  3. Click Folder. Drive displays a dialog box where you can enter the name for your folder. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. Creating a new folder.

  5. Replace the suggested name (a generic "New Folder") with the name you want used for your new folder.
  6. Click Create.

Drive creates the folder and it appears near the top of the files list on the Drive home page. (Drive lists folders before other files, in alphabetic order. This makes it easy to locate and open your folders.)

There is another way to create folders, as well. In fact, this technique is one step easier than the one discussed so far.

  1. Log into Google Drive (drive.google.com).
  2. Make sure you click "My Drive" or another existing folder at the left of the screen.
  3. Click the New Folder button, just below the Google search bar. Drive displays a dialog box where you can enter the name for your folder. (See Figure 2.)
  4. Figure 2. The New Folder button provides a quick way to create folders.

  5. Replace the suggested name with the name you want used for your new folder.
  6. Click Create.

Your folder is now ready to use and you can easily move any files desired to the new container.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Checking for the Existence of a File

The data stored in a worksheet can often correspond to information external to that worksheet. For instance, you might ...

Discover More

Printing a Bookmark List

Need to know what bookmarks are defined in a document? Here's a macro that creates a list of all your bookmarks so that ...

Discover More

Relative References to Cells in Other Workbooks

When you construct a formula and click on a cell in a different workbook, an absolute reference to that cell is placed in ...

Discover More
More DriveTips

Searching and Sorting Files Made Easy

Sifting through many files to find the exact file you need can be a bit of a challenge, particularly if you have lots of ...

Discover More

Renaming a Folder

Folders are a great organizational tool in Drive. Once you name a folder, you aren't stuck with that name. You can change ...

Discover More

Renaming on the iPad

One of the great features of Google Drive is that the apps that make up the suite work on a wide variety of devices, all ...

Discover More
Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is six minus 0?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)