What does green checkmark mean on Google Drive?

Are you aware of the Green checkmark in Google Drive? Then follow this Google Drive tutorial to know what it means and how it will be in Google Drive.

Generally, a green tickmark indicates the files and folders are synchronized properly and it is up to date. Online file hosting and synchronizing services like Google Drive indicate synced files and folders with a green checkmark.

From your Files Explorer, you can synchronize or stop synchronizing the content between your computer and your Google Drive account.

What does the Green Checkmark mean on Google Drive?

But the downloaded Google drive files and folders synced to your Google Drive are identical, and they’ll show a green checkmark over the icon when they’re successfully synced. Whenever the files or folders are synced they will come with a checkmark icon to check the nature of the files and whether it is saved for online or offline access.

If the file has a cloud icon, then the files will be available for online access only. If the files have a green tickmark then those files can be accessed offline. Here we will see the green check mark meant for the checkbox.

What does green checkmark mean on Google Drive?

Remove the Green Checkmark on Google Drive

You can remove the green checkmark on Google Drive by doing some quick steps. Follow the steps to do so.

  • Open Windows Registry Editor by clicking Win + R. Now type in regedit and hit Enter to open it.
Remove Green Check mark in Google Drive
  • Search for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -SOFTWARE -Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers or navigate one by one.
  • Under the ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers key, you will find the keys to Google Drive you have installed on your computer.
  • Now simply rename the key ‘GoogleDriveExt1‘ to something like ‘GoogleDriveExt1-D‘ or anything else you like so that Windows cannot find the key value in the registry. Repeat this method to get rid of the green checkmark overlay from your desired Google Drive files or folders.
  • Once done, restart your computer, or restart Explorer using Task Manager.

You won’t find the green checkmark overlay icon on your synced files anymore. To get the green checkmark icons back, remove the text that you appended on the keys.

Google Drive Green Tick Missing

Follow the below simple tricks if the Google Drive tick is missing.

  • Take everything out of the list except Google Drive.
  • Substitute the numbers that come before the names for the letters in the entries names. It functions to append numbers to Google Drive entries in place of the original 0s and 1s.

How to get Green Ticks on Google Drive Back

Windows Explorer only allows for 15 slots for Green checkmarks. This means when you put more different online sync folders such as skydrive, then you may end up using all 15 slots overlay.

This will get rid of green ticks from Google Drive files and folders. To get green ticks on Google Drive back, follow the below steps.

  • Open Windows Registry Editor by pressing Win + R. Now type in “regedit” and hit Enter to open it.
  • Search for  HKEY\LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ShellIconOverlayIdentifiers\ or just just navigate to the above.
  • Find these 3 entries: ‘GDriveSharedOverlay’, ‘GDriveSyncedOverlay’, and ‘GDriveSyncingOverlay’ from the window that opens.
  • Add a prefix ahead of each of them: ‘0GDriveSharedOverlay’, ‘1GDriveSyncingOverlay’, and ‘2GDriveSyncedOverlay’,
  • Now reboot to get green ticks on Google Drive back.

You can able to see a green checkmark on your Google Drive icons back. 

So follow the steps whenever the green checkmark icon is missing.

Pause Sync in Google Drive

Follow the steps to pause the sync in Google Drive.

  • Click Google Drive in the Show hidden icons which are in the bottom left of the taskbar.
  • Click the Settings icon to pause the Sync in Google Drive.
Pause Sync in Google Drive
  • Click Pause syncing to stop synchronization.
Synchronization in Google Drive
  • Another way of pausing synchronization or ignoring synchronization in Google Drive is, you use the Quit option.
Google Drive pause sync

By doing this, synchronization will be stopped in Google Drive.


It’s that simple to learn the green checkmark on Google Drive. You can synchronize or stop synchronizing the files and folders between your computer and Google Drive account. Additionally pausing the sync method is also explained here.

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