How to Replace “Documents” on Windows With Google Drive

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If you’re on Windows, you don’t need to waste time uploading documents to Google Drive manually or worry that you’ll forget to do so. Replacing the Documents folder with Google Drive as the default folder for any documents you create works out great. Here’s how to do that.

On Windows 8 through 10, first select the Documents folder either in Quick Access in Explorer’s sidebar or under This PC > Folders. Now bring up the Properties dialog from the folder’s context menu or from the Explorer ribbon.

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Done? Next switch to the Location tab in Properties. There you’ll be able to see the current (default) location of the Documents folder. Click on the Move… button beneath it.

This is the part where you have to select your main Google Drive folder (or any folder within it) using the Explorer window that comes up after you click Move….

Once you select that folder, you’ll see its location appear as the default document location in the Location tab. Hit the OK button to finalize the configuration.

If you’re on Windows 7, try this instead: first open the Properties dialog for the Documents folder, click on Include a folder…, select your Google Drive folder from the File Explorer window that appears, and click on Include folder. Now click on Set save location and hit Apply to finalize the change.

And that’s that! Any document you create going forward will end up in your Google Drive folder instead of the Documents folder.

Do you upload documents to your Google Drive manually? Or have you set your Google Drive folder as the default for all documents?

Image Credit: Internet Cloud by Pixel Embargo via Shutterstock, Google Drive Icon via Wikimedia Commons

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