How to Create Folders on Google Drive & Google Docs Like a Pro

How to Create Folders on Google Drive & Google Docs Like a Pro

This article will show you how to create folders on Google Drive and Google Docs and tips to organize these folders. You will learn how to create folders using a computer, Iphone & Ipad and Android as well as shortcut keys that can be used to create folders. Last, we will give some extra tips for organizing folders, moving folders and sharing folders in Google Drive.

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  1. How to Create a Folder on Google Drive
  2. How to Create a Folder on Google Drive with Android, iPhone and iPad
  3. How to Create a Folder from Inside Google Docs
  4. Shortcut to create a Folder on Google Drive

How to Create a Folder on Google Drive

You can create a folder in Google Drive with the following five steps.

  1. On a Desktop Computer go to drive.google.com
  2. Click the New Button on the Left (screenshot below).
    Screenshot of the create new folder button in Google Drive
    Screenshot Showing the Create New Folder Button in Google Drive
  3. Then select folder from the dropdown menu.
    Screenshot showing the Create New Folder Menu in Google Drive
    Screenshot Showing the Menu for Creating a Folder in Google Drive
  4. Type your folder name and click the Create button.
Screenshot showing the Create New Folder Dialog in Google Drive
Screenshot Showing the Create New Folder Dialog in Google Drive

If you like to keep your hands on the keyboard you can also use the shortcut key to create a folder in Google Drive.

How to Create a Folder on Google Drive with Android, iPhone and iPad

Below are the steps to create a folder on Android, iPhone and iPad. The screenshots are from an android device but will look nearly identical on an iPhone and iPad.

  1. Open the Google Drive app on your Android device.
    Screenshot showing the Icon to Open the Google Drive App
    Screenshot of the Google Drive App
  2. Tap the plus icon on the bottom right of the screen.
    Screenshot of the plus icon to create a folder on android
    Screenshot of the Plus Icon to Create a Folder.
  3. Tap Folder in the screen that pops up.
    Screenshot of the folder button to create a folder in Google Drive
    Screenshot Showing the Button to Tap to Create a Folder.
  4. Type in a name for your folder and tap the create button.
    Screenshot showing the folder name dialog

    Screenshot Showing the Folder Name Dialog

How to Create a Folder from Inside Google Docs

The below steps show how to create a folder without leaving a Google Doc.

  1. Click the move folder icon (in the below screenshot). Note: we won’t be moving anything.
    Screenshot of the move folder icon in a Google Doc

    Screenshot showing the move folder icon in a Google Doc
  2. Click the New Folder icon.
    Screenshot of the New Folder Icon for Google Docs
    Screenshot of the new folder icon in Google Docs
  3. Type in the name for the new folder and click the blue checkmark to create the folder.
    Screenshot of the create folder dialog for Google Docs
    Screenshot of the create folder dialog for Google Docs

Shortcut to create a Folder on Google Drive

Google recently announced that the are providing shortcut keys to make simple tasks like creating folders easier.

You can use a shortcut key to create a folder by hitting the shift + f keys on the keyboard, while on the drive.google.com site.

To see a list of all available shortcut keys type ctrl + / on Chrome OS and Windows or ⌘ + / on Mac.

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