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How to create a desktop shortcut for Google Drive files & folders

Cloud storage is proving itself time and time again, especially in this connected age. Not only are your files safe from any form of hardware damage or loss of your hardware through theft, but it also offers you access to these files regardless of where you are across the globe. All you need is an internet connection and your login details.

There are countless cloud storage solutions out there, some more reliable than others, but one of the most popular ones today is Google Drive. This Google-made service is almost as popular as Google itself, and with Android being one of the most popular operating systems in the world today, Google Drive can comfortably ride on that wave as well.

So, of course, cloud storage solutions are accessible using either a dedicated app or a web browser. What if you need quick access to your files? How do you create a desktop shortcut to your Google Drive files?

How to create a desktop shortcut for Google Drive files & folders

How to create a desktop shortcut for Google Drive files and folders

  1. Well, first, open Google Chrome or any web browser that you use and go to drive.google.com.
  2. Log in with your credentials, and then go to the Google Drive file or folder you want to create a shortcut for.
  3. Resize the browser window, so that browser and desktop are visible on the same screen.
  4. Click on the lock icon next to the full webpage URL.
  5. Keep holding the left click and drag the URL to your desktop.
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And that’s basically it. Dropping this URL to your desktop will create the shortcut to the folder or file you need to navigate to.

You can choose to rename this icon to whatever name you want. Clicking on this should take you straight to your file or folder, provided you don’t log out of your Google Drive account.

Also worth noting is that this method should work with any browser of your choice and on most desktop operating systems. This is far more reliable and less intrusive than using the dedicated Google Drive app, which is not available on Linux and other popular platforms.

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