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In this post, I am going to show you how to copy files in Google Drive. This will specifically address how to copy files in the web browser version of Google Drive and not the desktop version. Unfortunately, as of the publishing date of this post, you cannot copy folders natively in Google Drive in your web browser. However, there is a workaround using plug-ins that I plan address in a future post. You can find a video tutorial of this process at the bottom of the post.

How to Copy Files in Google Drive

Thankfully, the process of copying files in Google Drive is not terribly difficult. This process applies to copying Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides as well as other file types such as PDFs, Microsoft Office, photos, etc. that you have stored in Google Drive.


Go to Google Drive in your web browser.

Select the file that you want to copy. You can also copy multiple files in Google Drive by selecting more than one. Click one file that you wish to copy and then hold down the control (CTRL) key while selecting other files. Then right click (or two-finger click on a trackpad) the selected file(s) and select “Make a Copy.”

Those files are then immediately copied within your Google Drive and renamed “Copy of [original file name].”

You can also create a copy of a document while it is open and you are working on it in Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides.

With the document open, go to the File menu and select “Make a Copy.”

You are then given the option to rename the file and select a location for the file within Google Drive.

So, that is how you copy files in Google Drive.

Video Tutorial 

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