Gmail works around the concept of labels and any email message can belong to one or more tags. Google Drive has folders instead of tags and thus any file or folder in Drive can have a single parent folder.
For instance, if you have uploaded a presentation file in Folder-A, it can’t simultaneously exist in Folder-B. Do you noticed?
Well Loot Tech Tricks are here So no concerns., Today you’ll will be surprised to know that Google Drive does allow you to place any file inside one or more folders without you having to create multiple copies of that file. This makes Drive organization easier and if you edit the file inside one folder, all the other instances are updated as well since they are essentially pointing to the same file.
How to Add a File to Multiple Folders in Google Drive
Here’s Loot Tech Tricks , how you can place existing files or folders inside different multiple folders on Google Drive without making copies of the file.
- Open the Google Drive website in your desktop’s web browser
- select one or more files or folders. You can use the Control key on Windows, or Command key on Mac, to select non-consecutive files and folders.
- Now press Shift + Z
- you’ll see an “Add to Folder” pop-up (see screenshot).
- Next select the folder where you wish to add the selected files
- click OK.
You have neither copied nor moved the files to the destination folder, you’ve merely created references or aliases to files inside the other folder. You can use the Shift+Z keyboard shortcut again to add the selected files to any other folders in your Google Drive.
If you use this trick a lot, there may come a point where you forget how many or which folders a particular file is in. You can always track down a file’s locations using the Details menu:
- In Google Drive, select the file. Then click the Details icon—it looks like a circle with an “i” in the center—in the upper-right of the toolbar.
- Select the Details tab to see information about the file, including when it was created and last modified and what folders it’s currently in.
- If you want to remove the file from a particular folder, just click the X next to it.
Remove Files Placed in Multiple Folders
Let’s say you have a Folder B that contains references to a file placed in Folder A. If you move the Folder B to trash or if you remove the file from Folder B, the original file is deleted from the original Folder A as well. In such cases you may need to remove the placed file from Folder B before deleting the folder.
In Google Drive, select the file that is placed in multiple folders and open the activity sidebar. Here you’ll see a list of all folder that the file belongs to. All you need to do is click the little [x] symbol to remove that file from any folder in the list.