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Google Drive FAQ - Organizing and searching files

How to do multiple tasks with files like organizing and searching

Organize and search

Create folders

Any new folders you create in your computer’s Drive folder or in Drive on the web automatically appear on your devices so that you’re organized everywhere.

On the web: Click New and select Folder.

On your computer: Create new folders in your computer’s Drive folder the same way you create other folders on your computer.


Move files to folders

Organize your Drive files by moving them into the folders you created.

On the web:

  1. Select the files you’d like to move.
  2. Click in the right hand corner and select Move to.
  3. Select the folder and click Move.
You can also drag them to My Drive on the left.

On your computer: Select the files you want to move and drag them to any folder in Drive, the same way you’d move any other file on your computer.


Star important files and folders

On the web: Flag important files or folders to find them quickly later. Just right-click a file or folder and select Add star.

To see all your starred files and folders, in the left sidebar, click Starred.



Search and sort your files and folders

On the web:

It can be difficult to browse through hundreds of files just to find the one you need. So, try searching Drive instead.

In Drive’s search box, type a word or phrase. To help you search faster, Drive suggests search terms as you type in the drop down. Click one of the suggestions to open it, or click  to see a list of results.

1. Advanced search options: In the search box, click  to see the search options. Choose any option or combination of options to filter your results further.


2. Sorting options:

Click  to sort files in any of these ways:






Keywords:organizing files in google drive, searching files in google drive, searching files, organizing files, Moving files, creating folders   Doc ID:61477
Owner:Connie G.Group:Missouri University of Science and Technology
Created:2016-03-03 09:56 CDTUpdated:2017-08-18 08:52 CDT
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