Is it possible to have a shortcut to a file or folder from another folder in Google Drive?
I want to have the same file pointed to from several locations.

  • Currently,it is not possible to point same file to various folder location in the Google drive.
    – BDRSuite
    Jan 5, 2015 at 18:33
  • @Vembu: That's wrong. Oct 29, 2016 at 20:34

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Google announced that the way that this feature used to work will change. See the details in Create pointers to any file or folder in Google Drive with shortcuts

Web UI

Shortcut feature made generaly available in 2020

  1. Right click over the file / folder

  2. Select Add shortcut to Drive

Adding a file/folder to another locarion

NOTE: As of October 30, 2020 it's still working on my G Suite Business account.

  1. Select the file

  2. Press SHIFT+z, the add to folder dialog will be shown.

  3. Select the folder to add the file.

  4. Click the "Add here" button

Google Apps Script

Use Class Folder and addFile method

UPDATE: This method is deprecated. See https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/g-suite/simplifying-google-drives-folder-structure-and-sharing-models for details.


This can be done for Windows by:

  1. Download the Google Drive app for your PC from google.com/drive/download/
  2. Install the downloaded app, the wizard will ask you for your Gmail address, your password, and a verification code if you have two-step verification enabled on your Google account.
  3. On the last screen of the wizard, click the “Sync options” button at the bottom.
  4. You can choose which folders in your Google Drive account you want to sync and download to your PC
  5. You can then right click any of these files or folders once they are synced to your PC and create a shortcut

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