Moving a File from One Folder to Another

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 17, 2013)


When you created a large number of folders in Google Drive, you did so with the intent to use them to organize your documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and other items. At some point you'll need to move a file from the folder in which it currently resides to a different folder. There are a couple of ways you can do this.

First, if you are moving a file to a folder you can see, just click and drag it. For instance, let's say you want to move a document to a folder that you can see on the screen. Hover the mouse pointer over the document; it should now be highlighted in yellow. Click anywhere in the yellow (including on the document name or the document icon) and hold down the mouse button as you drag toward the folder. As you drag, you should see a ToolTip appear next to the mouse pointer; it lets you know you are moving the document. When the mouse pointer is over the destination folder, release the mouse button and the document is moved to that folder.

The second moving technique is used primarily when you cannot see the file you are moving and the destination folder on the screen at the same time. Follow these steps:

  1. Log into Google Drive (
  2. Locate the file you want to move. (Your files should be listed in the main Drive screen, but you might need to open other folders if the file you want to move is within one of them.)
  3. Select the checkbox to the left of the file name.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for any other files you want to move to the destination folder.
  5. 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.
  6. Choose Move To. Drive displays a dialog box showing the hierarchy of folders that you've created. (See Figure 1.)
  7. Figure 1. Choosing a destination folder.

  8. Use the controls in the dialog box to locate and select the destination folder. (You can expand and collapse portions of the hierarchy by using the small triangles to the left of each folder name. If there is no triangle next to a folder name, that means that particular folder does not contain any subfolders.)
  9. Click the Move button.

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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What is one less than 4?

2019-11-20 13:04:44

Jack Beeksma

Is it possible to take a document out of Drive and place it in the Documents folder?

2018-01-10 02:01:03



2017-08-25 09:10:31


there is no checkbox to the left of the files

2015-08-11 17:07:13

Lee Anna Clark

Step 3 in moving a file to a different folder is "Select the checkbox to the left of the file name." However, there are no checkboxes to the left of the file names, so ... what to do?

2015-06-03 16:13:15

Joseph Dunn

Wish there were a fill in box that after clicking on MOVE you can fill in the name of the folder so you don't have to fish for it and if the folder exists your item(s) should move to the existing folder but, if the folder doesn't exist you then should be prompt if you want to create a new folder and place it where you want to just like when you create labels in Gmail.