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How to Add Files to Google Drive

By Justin Pot · March 28, 2019
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There are several ways to add a file to your Google Drive. You can create documents in your browser, upload them from your computer, or automatically copy files to Google Drive from another service. Let’s go over every method.

Create New Files in Google Docs, Sheets, Forms, and Slides

Creating new documents in Google Drive is simple. Simply head to drive.google.com and click the + New button at top-left.

Google Drive New button

From here you can create a new document in and Google Drive service.

Google Drive new submenu

You can also quickly create a new document by typing certain URLs in your address bar, as Google outlines here.

Introducing a ✨ .new ✨ time-saving trick for users. Type any of these .new domains to instantly create Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites or Forms ↓ pic.twitter.com/erMTHOsdyH

— Google Docs (@googledocs) October 25, 2018

Here are those URLs:

  • Docs: doc.new, docs.new, document.new

  • Forms: form.new, forms.new

  • Sheets: sheet.new, sheets.new, spreadsheet.new

  • Sites: site.new, sites.new, website.new

  • Slides: slides.new, deck.new, presentation.new

This is a really quick way to open a new tab and create a document, so try to remember one URL for each kind of document you make regularly.

Upload Files or Folders From Your Computer to Google Drive

You can also upload files from your computer. One way to do this is to click the New button, as shown above. Next, click File upload to browse your computer for any file or Folder upload to browse your computer for any folder.

Google Drive upload option

Another, potentially faster way to do this is by clicking-and-dragging. Simple drag the file or folder from your computer’s file browser and drop it onto an open instance of Google Drive in your browser.

Google Drive drag and drop

Sync Files Using Google Drive Backup and Sync

Google Drive Backup and Sync

Google offers Backup and Sync, an application you can install on your computer in order to back up any folder on your computer over to Google Drive automatically. Simply install Backup and Sync and you can add any folder on your computer to automatically upload all files to Google Drive. You'll also get a new Google Drive folder on your computer. Save or add files to that folder and they'll be added to Google Drive, and you'll also be able to see your Google Drive files in File Explorer or Finder.

Add Files From Other Services Using Zapier

Want to automatically copy files from other applications over to Google Drive? You can do that with Zapier. For example, you could automatically send all attachments in Gmail over to Google Drive.

You could also automatically add files from other cloud services.

Check out our list of Google Drive integrations if you want to learn more.

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Justin Pot

Justin Pot is a staff writer at Zapier based in Hillsboro, Oregon. He loves technology, people, and nature, not necessarily in that order. You can follow Justin on Twitter: @jhpot. You don't have to. But you can.

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