How to Copy Google Drive Folders

By Matthew Guay - Published March 21, 2018 -

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Google Drive is a great place to organize and share all of your files along with everything you’ve created in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. You can import all of your files, save Gmail attachments, and organize everything in folders.

There’s only one problem: Google Drive doesn’t include an option to duplicate a folder and all of its files. You’ll need a bit of a workaround to copy a folder and its files. Here’s how:

Copy Your Google Drive Files

Select all Google Drive Files

First, you’ll need to open your folder and select all the files. Open the Google Drive folder in your browser then press Control+a or Command+a—or drag your mouse over all of the files—to select them all.

Then right-click and select Make a Copy.

That will create a new copy of each of those files, right in the same folder, with Copy of before their original file name.

Move the Copied Files to a New Google Folder

Move copied files in Google Drive

Now, select all the Copy of files, right-click again, and this time select Move to…. You can select an existing folder or click the + icon with a folder in the lower right corner of the menu to add a new folder for your copied files.

It’s a bit more work, and your copied files will have a new name, but that’s the only built-in way to copy a folder of files in Google Drive.

Alternative: Copy Folders with the Google Drive App

Or, if you have the Google Drive Backup and Sync app installed on your computer, you can copy a folder of files the same way you’d copy any other folder of files. Right-click on the folder, click Copy, then go wherever you want to copy the folder, right-click again, and click Paste.

And that’s how to copy your Google Drive folders.

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Published March 24, 2018

Written by Zapier writer Matthew Guay


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