Google Drive – Add, Copy, Move, Download Table


Action What is it? When to Use it Caution! How to
Add to My Drive Similar to making a Windows “Shortcut”, this makes a shortcut to this incoming file and puts the shortcut into your Drive. All the time. Don’t move files out of a folder that you don’t own.
You will receive a Warning Window
Shift Z
Make a copy Duplication of the file You need to make your own version of the file Rename it, so that there is no confusion between your file and the original Right-click – “Make a copy”
Download Copy the file to your desktop If you need to edit a non-Google document. Careful of versioning. Rename the document accurately when uploading it. Right-click – “Download”
Move “Cut and Paste”
Removes the document from the original location and puts it in a new location
Only on your own files and folders Don’t move files out of a folder that you don’t own.

You will receive a Warning Window

Drag & Drop
Right-click – “Move to”

Source: Google Drive Basics by Heidi Hendry