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(The following assumes using the web interface)

In Google Drive, if a user wants to make a copy of a file, they can drag it to a new location while holding the Control key (on Windows; possibly command on Mac); while Control is held down a little + (plus) symbol appears next to the pointer to indicate the users is copying rather than moving.

However, with Team Drives in the picture, this seems to break. I want a user to be able to copy a file out of a Team Drive into their 'My Drive'. If they try holding Control while dragging it across, the + sign appears, but then provides an error message that refers to moving rather than copying, as though the copy modifier is ignored. After the error message, a copy of the file is not present in the destination folder.

Since we have options to prevent most users from deleting files from Team Drives, selecting "Make a Copy" in the Drive UI doesn't work, as it makes a copy inside the current (Team Drive) folder, then the user is prevented from moving them into their My Drive.

If a user opens the file in the relevant app (e.g. Sheets), then selects "Make a Copy" they can make a copy into their own My Drive easily enough, so it's not a permissions problem, but rather the Drive Web UI seems to prevent this; if there are several files the user wants to copy this becomes quite painful to have to open each then copy.

  • It looks that you already answered your question. Have you already submitted your feedback to Google through Google Feedback? – Rubén May 30 at 3:19
  • Yes, I have submitted feedback; I was wondering if there was some other way that I hadn't considered, or if there is a configuration/option which allows what I want – askvictor May 31 at 4:22
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Yes you can, Use Air Explorer it allows you to tranfer 5TB, so if you can buy the pro version you get unlimited bandwidth.

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