How to Create Shortcuts in Google Drive

Have you tried creating shortcuts in Google Drive? If not, follow this tutorial to see how to create shortcuts in Google Drive. This tutorial covers every aspect of cloud storage for more accessibility for every user. It is difficult to keep track of all the files we upload, so we can choose shortcuts in Google Drive to maintain all the important files.

Whether you are using a laptop or smartphone to access Drive, there is an option to create shortcuts. You also can choose shortcuts to files directly on the desktop.

Follow this tutorial to learn more about how to create shortcuts in Google Drive.

How to Create Shortcuts in Google Drive on a Computer

In the first method, we will see how to create a shortcut in a laptop. Since it is an easy and few-step process.

  • Open and sign in to the official Google Drive website.
  • Right-click on any of the files and click Organize then click Add shortcut.
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  • Select the location you want to create a shortcut for.
  • Now, click Add to create a shortcut in Google Drive.
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These shortcuts are useful to organize the important files on your Drive. You also can choose to create a folder to access the files easier.

This is how to create a Google Drive folder shortcut on the desktop or laptop.

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How to Create Shortcuts in Google Drive on Smartphone

Follow the below steps to create shortcuts in your smartphone. This applies to both iPhone and Android as well.

  • Open the Google Drive app on your smartphone.
  • Scroll down and choose the file or folder to create a shortcut.
  • Now, click on More or three vertical dots.
  • Choose Add Shortcut to Drive.
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  • Click on Add.

You can do all these steps on your Android phone as well and organize your files in Google Drive.

This is how to create a Google Drive shortcut on iPhone or Android phones.

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Points to Consider while Creating Shortcuts on Google Drive

Below are the points to consider while creating shortcuts on Google Drive.

  • When the original files are in the trash or deleted folder, a shortcut will not work.
  • You can create 500 shortcuts for each file or folder.
  • If the folders are accessible to multiple people, we can see the shortcut created in the Drive.
  • You cannot delete a shortcut in a folder if the owner is someone else.
  • Shortcuts can be deleted but not the original file.
  • You can make a copy of a shortcut folder or a file.

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How to Remove Shortcuts from Google Drive

Follow the below steps to remove the shortcut from Google Drive if you not needed.

  • Open your browser and go to Google Drive.
  • Make a right-click on the Shortcut file.
  • Choose the option Remove.
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  • Your file is now moved to the Bin.

If you want to permanently get rid of all the screenshots from your Drive, make sure to clear the Bin folder. This applies to a computer and smartphones.

Also, you can delete any shortcut you have created but not the original file if you are not the owner of it.

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Google Replacing Files and Folder Stored in Multiple Locations with Shortcuts

Google has an excellent feature that automatically replaces all the files and folders with shortcuts in Drive. You will also get notifications that the replacement process will begin soon for your files.

Here is all you need to know about this.

  • All the duplicate files will be replaced with a shortcut by keeping the original file in the location.
  • There will be no change in the ownership settings of the original file and the shortcuts.
  • The replacement is automated and you do not need to take part in the process in any manner.
  • There will be no change in the sharing settings of any of the files.
  • No one can opt out of the replacement process.


These are all the methods to create shortcuts in Google Drive. Here I have explained important points also to consider before deleting or creating shortcuts in Google Drive. Ensure that you have chosen the right location of the shortcut on your Drive.

Try out from laptop, desktop, or mobile application to make your files or folders organized in Google Drive.

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