In this video, staff author Jess Stratton shows you how to create folders and subfolders and move files into folders. She also demonstrates how to delete, rename, and download them.
- [Instructor] When you use the desktop sync app to sync your files and folders up to Google Drive, it keeps your folder structure intact. I also showed you how to create new folders within the browser version by clicking the blue New button and choosing New Folder. You can create subfolders within your folders this way too. I'm going to click on a folder to get into it. I'll click on my opening party folder. There's a few ways that you can create a subfolder. Within any folder, you can click the blue New button and choose New Folder. From the top of the screen, you can also click the down arrow next to your folder name and choose New Folder.
Give your folder a name and click the blue Create button. Once your subfolder has been made, you can click and drag files into that folder. You can also right click on any file and choose Move To. This is going to bring up a dialogue box. You can choose the folder and click the blue Move button. You can also click and drag with your mouse to select multiples photos, let go of the mouse button and then drag all three selected photos into that subfolder.
Now that I have my subfolder on the left hand side in the navigation bar, I can collapse and open the subfolder by clicking the down arrow next to the folder labels on the left navigation bar. Just like you can click and drag to move files, you can also click and drag to move folders. If I don't want this photos folder to be in opening party, I can click and drag and put it right in my drive. I can also put it back into opening party by clicking and dragging and releasing once it's over that folder.
You can also rename a folder anytime by right clicking and choosing Rename. Click the blue OK button and your folder is renamed. You may find that the name of your folders are a little too long to see them on the left hand side. If that's the case, you can expand the navigation bar to make it a little wider. Hover your mouse over the vertical line and when the icon changes, drag your mouse to the right or to the left to change the size. You can also change the color of a photo.
You can do that by right clicking on the folder, choosing Change Color and selecting the color that you want to change it to. You can also do this to subfolders and you can do it to as many folders as you want. Your subfolders can be a completely different color as the root folder. This is great for creating an organizational structure that works for you. For example, you could set bright colors to folders that contain projects you're actively working on. When you're done, you can go back and change it to the default standard gray.
Finally, you can download the entire contents of a folder onto your computer. You can right click on that folder and choose Download. The folder will be zipped up as you can see on the bottom right hand side of the screen and it will be put into your browser's downloads folder as a zip file. The length it takes to download and zip it up will be dependent on how big the folder is. I'm going to close this out on the bottom right hand side of the screen. You can also delete a folder the same way that you can delete a file by right clicking either on the right hand pane or on the left hand side and choosing Remove all the way at the bottom.
The folder will be placed in the Trash and you can recover it by clicking on the Trash and choosing Recover.
- Accessing Google Drive
- Navigating the web interface
- Uploading files via the web
- Converting files to Google Doc format
- Deleting and recovering files
- Purchasing more storage space for your files
- Organizing and searching Google Drive
- Using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
- Creating drawings
- Using Google Docs to collaborate with others
- Using Google Drive on a mobile device