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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 NewButtonDrive at the tope left 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. Click to highlight the file you would like to move or select multiple files by clicking the first file you'd like to move then hold shift and continue clicking the rest of the files chosen for the move.
  2. Right click on the file or one of the highlighted files and select Move to..
You can also hold and drag them to folders in 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. It is located at the top center of the page.


You can click on the drop down at the right and 'Advance Search' for the file you are looking for.


How to search for items in Google Drive


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 and click Search.


Sorting options:

You can sort the list of files you just searched for by clicking at the top right of that window and select Last Modified, Relevance, or Reverse Sort arrow.

How to sort the files you searched in Google Drive


For assistance please contact the IT Help Desk by calling 573-341-4357 (HELP), visiting the IT Help Desk on the first floor of the Curtis Laws Wilson Library, or submitting a ticket online at: http://help.mst.edu




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:2018-07-06 09:50 CDT
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