The Shared with Me folder in Google Drive allows you to view any file or folder that a collaborator has shared with you.

This is a great way to keep track of Docs and projects that you may be working on as a team, but there is one issue. If the item is only shared with you, it won’t automatically sync to your desktop for easy offline access.

To move something from the Shared with Me folder to the My Drive folder, you will need to add it to your Drive:

1. Click Shared with me.
2. Select files or folders.
3. Click the Add to My Drive button. The selected files will automatically sync to the Google Drive folder on your computer.

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13 Comments on "How to Add a File to My Google Drive"

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John Buckholz
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Regarding the video entitled “How to add a file to My Google Drive,” I do not see the “Add to My Drive” button after selecting a file or folder. I have the experimental features turned on within my Google Drive settings. Is this new functionality that Google might still be rolling out domain-by-domain?

John Buckholz
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Update: The “Add to My Drive” button only appears while navigating within the “Shared with me” area. Searching for a file or folder, even from that point, transitions away from the “Shared with me” area, and the “Add to My Drive” button will no longer be visible.

Paul
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Paul

Does this remove the filefolder from shared with me? This area is getting cluttered and is only going to get worse

Raja
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Hi,

You can also drag and drop files and folders from the “shared with me” window to “My drive” menu you find in the left column of Google Drive.

cheers,
Raja

Andrei Barburas
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While you can drag & drop from “Shared with me” to “My Drive”, that changes the sharing settings and the structure of the files/folders. That’s why the button “Add to My Drive” is there; to keep the sharing settings without altering them. “”” Here’s what Google says: An item in Google Drive can be moved by dragging it to a new location or by using the Organize menu option. Moving a file or folder from a shared folder into My Drive (or any other folder) is a move and not a copy, so the moved content is removed from the… Read more »
Harry
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Harry

Stupid question but what program did you use to video record your screen while you demonstrate?

Terry Smith
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Terry Smith

I can not add attachments from my gmail to my google drive anymore. I receive a 404 error. Do you know how to fix it?

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