Modified 10 September 2018 by Ian Weatherhogg

A quick and easy way to move and add files inside Google Drive

There’s two ways you can move a file inside Google Drive. You can either Drag the file to a folder or use the Move to option.

Move to

  1. Go to
  2. Right-click the item you want to move.
  3. Click Move to…
  4. Choose or create a folder, then click Move.

Drag to a folder

  1. Go to
  2. Click and hold the item you want to move.
  3. Move the item over the folder and release it.
  4. Tip: Use the left panel to move items into any folder in Google Drive.

Add an item to multiple folders

  1. Go to
  2. Click the item you want to move.
  3. On your keyboard, press Shift + z.
  4. Choose the folder you want.
  5. Click Add here.

Adding a file to a different folder or multiple folders in Google Drive isn't always easy, between drag, Shift + Z and Move to it’s surprising how many people make mistakes.

With OverDRIVE, adding files is easy

OverDRIVE has an option to Link Files (and folders), so with a click of a button you can link any file you like to your chosen folder.

When you have created your OverDRIVE site (Tip: Create a website straight from Google Drive) with your chosen Google Drive folders, simply click on the folder you wish to link your file to, click the + icon and select Link Files from the drop down. A search bar will open, type in the file you want to link, click on the file and press select.

Your file will now be linked and will show in your selected folder on your site, but will still remain in its original location within Drive since one copy of a document can exist in multiple locations.

If you don’t already use OverDRIVE, there’s a FREE edition which only takes a few minutes to install and get started.

Visit to find out more.