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I tried Google Drive today and promptly noticed that the "organize" feature of Google Docs went from a multi-selectable checkbox (in which you can check multiple collections for a document to be "in"):

Organize in Google Docs

To what (appears to be) a single select version:

Organize in Google Drive

Personally I loved the flexible concept of document collections. Am I missing something? Is there another view that allows me to have that same document collection support? I realize that you can't have the same file in two folders, but I really didn't expect to loose organizational power/configuration just by giving it a "Try"...

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How long has that been like that. Google used to have tags that you can more obviously have >1 tag per folder. – justintime Jan 7 '14 at 10:31

While in "organize" hold down the Control key for Windows or the Command key for Mac to select multiple places for your content to be "in".

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Excellent. This does work for me. Is there an official documentation on this somewhere? – automatonic Apr 25 '12 at 23:04
Here is official documentation: support.google.com/drive/bin/… – automatonic Apr 26 '12 at 19:35
Thanks for the answer. What utterly terrible UI design... – Adam Rackis Oct 10 '12 at 16:15
is this info still current. I can't seem to get it to give me a checkbox. – justintime Jan 10 '14 at 12:18
I'm not sure this is still possible with the "New Google Drive" that has been rolling out slowly. Anybody else have the new drive and have any luck? (If I revert to the old drive, I can still use the trick in this answer) – MrSlippers Jul 17 '14 at 18:32

This has changed yet again. To put a single document into multiple folders in the "latest" Google Drive:

  1. Select the item in the Google Drive list
  2. Hit Shift+z (find it in the keyboard shortcut help under "add selected items to a new folder")
  3. Choose a new "parent folder" from the chooser that appears
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up vote 1 down vote accepted

With the interface available in June of 2016, the following steps work for me:

Select Item -> Right Click -> "Move to..."

select item and "move to..."

Navigate to the desired folder and hit Ctrl/Command on the keyboard

Move to + Ctrl/Command

Select the target folder and press the "Add" button


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