How to use colors to organize your Google Drive folders

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One of Google's most important services is Drive, the cloud file storage platform. Often, there are too many photos, videos, documents and other files stored there, which slows down the search for a file specific. For organize them in the best possible way, we usually group them into folders, which are also hard to find at some point. To better organize the content you host in Drive, we recommend use colors.

Thanks to the latest changes applied to the platform, not only can you color the folders to differentiate them from each other, but you can also use this function in shared drives and shortcuts to the folders themselves. We've already tested this feature, so we took advantage of what we've learned to explain how use colors to organize your folders and other Google Drive items.



How to use colors to organize Google Drive folders

Google Drive relies on colors as one of the main elements for organize and differentiate the elements that you store there. Before June 2021, only the folders could be colored. However, that has changed and you can now add a pop of color to the shortcuts and drives you collaborate with other users in, as Google explains on its blog.

As they say, assigning colors to folders can help you find them best among all files archived. For example, if you set your workbooks to red and personal to yellow, you will have better access to the former when you need something in particular to work.

By the way, as specified by Google, the color of folders, shortcuts and shared drives is visible only to you. Next, let's see step by step how to change the color of all these elements in Drive from the web version on your computer:



  1. Go to Google Drive.
  2. Click the right click on the folder, link or shared drive whose color you want to change.
  3. In the drop-down menu, move the mouse up "Change colour".
  4. Select the color among all the available options.


Change the color of your Google Drive folders to better organize them.

Of course, you can also use colors to organize folders and other Drive items dall’app Android. So you can do it:

  1. Open the Drive app on your mobile.
  2. Enter, for example, in "Shared" to change the color of a folder in that section.
  3. Click on three vertical points that appear to the right of the folder.
  4. In the options menu, tap "Change colour".
  5. Select the color you want to give to that folder.


The arrival of color in Drive shortcuts and shared drives has already begun, so it's a matter of time before you can access this new feature, both on the web and in the app. Regarding the latter, Google has specified that users must have the version 2.21.20 or higher for Android, and the version 4.2021.20204 or higher for iOS.

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