Syncing Google Drive files to your desktop

Max Dana Updated by Max Dana

It is sometimes very convenient to be able open files on Google Drive or add files to Google Drive folders directly from your desktop. To enable this, download the Google Drive Backup and Sync desktop client and install it. To set Google Drive Backup and Sync to selectively sync certain folders:

  1. Click on the Drive icon on the top of your screen (Mac) or system tray (PC) and select Preferences... from the menu
  2. Select Google Drive on the left sidebar
  3. Select Sync only these folders and check the folders that you want to be synced.
A handy trick is to create a folder on Google Drive called "Sync", set it to sync to your desktop, and add files and folders to that folder using Google Drive's Add To feature (Shift + Z). 

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