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How to Replace “Documents” on Windows With Google Drive

Akshata Shanbhag 10-03-2016

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.


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?

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  1. viktoria
    March 9, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Hi there. I have a huge issue. So my project is due friday. I have 14 excel spread shits files to somehow insert into word document and also post it on blackboard at my college. The spread shits are very wide and when i copy and paste it, the shits are not fitting into the page, so i try to minimise the size but when it gets to fitting size, it is not readable whatsoever. I send example to a teacher but all she says it has to be readable. I told he than i am sending it in lots of files despites that she wants it in one file as it is written on assignment description, but she repeated to refer to her previous message of " it has to be readable". I don't know what to do in this case and how to make it work. Please let me know

  2. newmarket2
    March 12, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    I'd like to do this, BUT what happens if my cloud access is down? [wifi is down; no cell signal; etc)

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      March 13, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      If you change the default folder to the Google Drive folder on your computer, freshly created documents will get saved to it, but they won’t get synced with Google Drive online when you don’t have an Internet connection.

      This means those files are only present on your computer’s hard drive and you can’t access them from elsewhere until the primary computer where you have created the files gets back online to complete the sync.

      • newmarket2
        March 13, 2016 at 3:50 pm

        Excellent answer, Akshata! Thanks