In Google Drive's folder pane, how do you expand a folder together with all of its subfolders at the same time? In other words, I'm looking for the Google Dive equivalent of macOS's
option + right arrow when a folder is selected.


Click the small arrow to the left of “My Drive” which is on the left of the Google Drive page to expand a list of folders. Then click on the arrows of any of the folders listed there to show the folders that they contain.

  • I'm looking for a solution that expands all the folders at the same time, like the macOS shortcut does, not one by one. I edited the question above to clarify that. – Vincent Jun 19 '19 at 18:24

This is not possible to achieve in Google Drive by a single click. You can do it only one-by-one either with mouse clicks on those arrows or with key combo RIGHT ARROW + DOWN ARROW +RIGHT ARROW + DOWN ARROW + RIGHT ARROW + etc.

Further, you could just simply map these keystrokes with AHKscript and bind it on some keyboard shortcut, for example, F2 so upon pressing F2 the script will run and "auto-expand" all folders in 1 second.


  • The problem with keystroke mapping is that the number of folders is constantly changing, both in terms of new folders being added and old ones being moved or removed, so something mapped to 10 right-down combinations could become 7 or could become 10 with these changes. – Vincent Jun 20 '19 at 20:33
  • @Vincent and that's why you need to map 20 keystrokes just to be safe. I just tested it manually and it doesn't matter if there are more keystrokes than needed. so if you will have no more than 50 folders max you can just repeat the combo 100x – user0 Jun 20 '19 at 20:39

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