Are you feeling overwhelmed when you look at your Drive?
You may have lots of files and if you’re like me, you want them to be organized into folders- otherwise, your Drive may feel like a cluttered mess.
Creating folders, or as they are called in Google Drive “collections” is simple and allows you to keep your files organized.
Create a folder
The first thing that you need to do is create a new folder in your Drive. Take a look at all of your files and find some common themes, this will give you an idea of what to name your folders as you create them.
When you are ready to create a new folder, go to the top left of your screen, next to the word “Drive” is a small folder with a plus sign- click on this.
You will then be prompted to give your new folder a name. This is so important (at least I think so).
If you have weekly minutes from a team meeting you can call your folder “Team Meeting Minutes ’13-’14.” Other good file names include:
- “Lesson Plans ’13-’14”
- “Reading Student Turn-In Folder”
- “Science Animal Classification Unit”
- “Teacher Evaluations 2013-2014”
Now that you have created a folder, you can add your files to the folder. First, select all of the files that you would like to add to your new folder. You can select a file by clicking the check box to the left of the file name.
The first, and probably easiest way, is to simply drag the file into the folder that you would like to add it to. Folders can be seen in the navigation bar on the left side of your screen.
- If you cannot see a folder, click on the arrow next to the words “My Drive” (on the left side of your screen) and it will drop down to display all of your folders.
- Once you drag your files into a folder, you will see them “disappear” from the main page of your Drive. Not to worry, though, they have simply been moved into the folder that you created.
The second way to add files to a folder is to select all of the files that you would like to add to a folder and click on the folder icon at the top of your screen. If you hover your cursor over it, you will see the words “Move to.”
- placing your files in multiple folders does not create multiple copies of your file in the Drive
- because you are putting a file into more than one folder, you will still see your file listed on the main page of your Drive.
- They will not automatically “disappear” like they did when you moved them into only one folder