Changing a Folder's Color

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 31, 2013)


When you first create a folder in Google Drive, it is assigned a default color that is (let's face it) rather drab. If you desire, you can change the color of any folder you've created. Drive allows you to specify any of 24 different colors. Just follow these steps:

  1. Log into Google Drive (
  2. Locate the folder whose color you want to change. (Your documents should be listed in the main Drive screen.)
  3. Select the checkbox to the left of the folder's name.
  4. Click the More button. (Make sure you click the one at the top of the screen, not the More link at the left of the screen.) Drive presents a number of options you can choose.
  5. Hover the mouse pointer over the Change Color option. Drive presents a palette of colors you can select. (Note that the current folder color has a check mark in the color swatch.) (See Figure 1.)
  6. Figure 1. Selecting a color for a folder.

  7. Click the color you want to use for the folder.

Drive updates the folder's color immediately.

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. ...


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2016-12-21 09:17:22

LeBron James

This was very cool, I will be sure to tell my boys Kyrie and Kevin about this tip because we need an efficient way of keeping track of our documents.

2015-08-28 18:57:07


Hi there.

This is a very old line of discussion but hope Im able to get an answer here becuase no luck through Google which of course is how i got here! Ive been using Evernote for awhile but am thinking of totally switching to Google Drive. Have been using G drive well on both desktop and ipad and realize the ipad can't be quite as rich an exlerience, but one small visual element i really want to help organize folders is to color code them, which i have for the desktop but am seemly unble to do on the ipad. This is a long winded way of saying, can one make colored folders on an ipad in Gdrive?? Thanks in advance for any response

2015-03-23 17:33:36


Sometimes when I log on to Google Drive, and my folders are back to the default grey even though I have changed all of their colors before.

2014-11-17 07:01:16

Devam Saxena

Though the colour changes for the folder, it does not change for other users of the folders if it is shared. Any method to share the colour of the folder too?

2013-09-09 09:49:05


Sounds like you didn't do steps 2 and 3, Nora. The contents of the More menu differ based upon what you have selected in the file list. If you have only a folder checked in the list, you'll see what I show. If you have something else checked (or multiple things checked), then you'll see something different.


2013-09-06 19:36:35


Trying to follow the instructions. My "more" menu differs a lot from your screen capture: Open, preview, Open with ..., Share, Add Star, Hide Details, Don't show in activity list, Move to .., Rename ..., Mark as unviewed, View authorized apps... Make a copy, Download..., Submit to template gallery, and Remove.