Move to in Google Drive

This feature allows you to move one or more documents from one folder to another or from the main My Drive to a sub-level folder. It also allows to move entire folders, with all of their contents, to another folder.

The sections of this page are:

Accessing Move to
Moving documents/folders
Links to other Google pages

Google Drive Move to feature
Click the Move to item, shown (red oval) in the top bar list, opens a dialog showing all the folders in your Google Drive account. The Move to item also can be accessed from a menu that appears when you right-click on a document.

Accessing Move to

The Move to item is found in either the top menu bar in Google Drive that appears or in the menu that appears when you right-click on a selected document or folder.

This will open a dialog with a list of folders in your account. To open the dialog do the following:

  1. Click on a document or folder you want to move. If you want to move more than one document or folder do the following:
    1. Click on on the first desired document or folder.
    2. If the subsequent documents or folders are directly above or below the first selection, hold down the shift key on the keyboard. Then click the left mouse button on the desired document. This applies regardless of whether you are using Windows, Mac, or a Linux distro.
    3. If the items are not directly above or below the first selection, hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard if you are using Windows or a Linux distro. For Mac users, hold down the Cmd key
  2. Click on the three dots to the right of the trashcan icon. You can also right-click on one of the selected documents or folders.
  3. Click the Move to item.

Doing this will open the dialog of folders. The dialog will allow you to move the selected documents, create a new folder, and look inside folders.

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Moving documents/folders

When the dialog first opens, you will most likely be inside the My Drive folder.

You can click the back button to the left of the My Drive name to go up one level.

This will show My Drive, Shared with me, and Starred. You can only move documents and folders to My Drive and Starred. You need to create a folder inside Starred to move documents and folders to it.

The section of this page is about moving documents to top-level folders, sub-level folders, and creating a folder to move selected documents and folders to.

Top-level folders
Sub-level folders
Creating a folder

Top-level folders

If you want to move the documents or folders to one of the top level folders:

  1. Click on the desired folder.
  2. Click the Move button in the dialog.

The dialog will close and a message will appear at the bottom of the browser window, stating that the documents have been moved.

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Sub-level folders

If you want to access folders that are in top-level folders, or simply see the documents inside a top-level folder:

  1. Highlight the desired top-level folder.
  2. Click the arrow to the right of it. This will take you inside the folder.
  3. If you want to move documents to folders that are inside top-level folders, follow steps 1 and 2 with folder inside the top-level folder until you are inside the desired folder.
  4. Click the Move button.

The dialog will close and a message will appear at the bottom of the browser window, stating that the documents have been moved.

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Creating a folder

The dialog allows you to create a new folder at the top-level or inside another folder.

  1. Go to the folder where you want to create a new folder, if it is not the top-level.
  2. Then simply click the New Folder icon at the bottom, right of the dialog. This opens a text box that allows you to give the folder a name.
  3. Type the desired name in the text box.
  4. Click the arrow to the right of it to Save the folder.

The dialog will put you inside the new folder.

  • Click the Move button if you want to place the selected documents in it.
  • If not, click the back arrow to the left of the folder’s name.

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Links to other Google pages

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Google’s office suite |Google Drive features overview|Get Shareable link in Google Drive| Move to feature Google Drive | Google Drive Preview feature

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