How to Create a Folder in Google Docs

As you start to use Google Docs more and more to create or edit documents, it can become difficult to manage those documents.

Much like when you store files in Windows, organization can be an issue. One way that you can resolve this is by learning how to create a folder in Google Docs.

How to Make a Folder in Google Docs to Organize Documents

  1. Sign in to Google Docs.
  2. Open a document or create a new one.
  3. Click the Move button.
  4. Click the New folder button.
  5. Give the folder a name, then select the blue check mark.
  6. Select Move if you want to put this document in that folder.

Our guide continues below with additional information on how to create a folder in Google docs, including pictures of these steps.

Once you start to use Google Drive more and more to store your files, you will likely run into situations where it’s difficult to find everything that you need.

Since Google Drive files are stored in a long list by default, you will typically need to scroll through that list or search for files that you need. This can be tedious, which can leave you looking for a way to create folder and make it much easier to find all the files that you need.

Luckily you have the ability to create a new folder from the regular Google Docs interface, and you can even move the currently open document into the newly created folder.

How to Create a Google Docs Folder (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will also work in other desktop browsers like Firefox or Edge.

Step 1: Sign in to Google Documents and either open an existing document or create a new one.

Step 2: Click the Move button at the top of the window, to the right of the document name.

click the Move button

Step 3: Select the New folder button at the bottom-left corner of the dialog box.

choose the New folder option

Step 4: Type a name for this folder into the field at the top of the dialog box, then click the blue check mark to the right of the folder name.

how to create a new folder in Google Docs

Step 5: Choose the Move here option if you would like to move the current document to that folder. Otherwise, you can click the x to close this dialog box.

choose Move here or close the window

Now that you know how to create a folder in Google Docs you will be able to make new ones in the future, then move your documents into these folders so that they are easier to find in the future.

Our tutorial continues below with additional discussion about how you can create folders in Google Docs so that those folders show up in your Google Drive account.

More Information on Creating Folders in Google Docs

Once you click the folder icon from the new folder dialog box and give that folder a name, it will appear as a new folder in Google Drive, as well as in Google Docs.

Since Google Drive folders sync on multiple devices, you will be able to open the Google Drive folder on the current computer, as well as any other computers where you are signed in to the same Google account.

This also means that you can access and use the folder system if you want to access them from your phone or tablet.

When you see a folder listed in Google Drive you can perform a few actions on it when you are viewing those items on your laptop or desktop computer.

For example, by right clicking on the folder you will view a drop down menu that includes options that let you share that folder (either directly with another Google user, or you can click Copy link and send them a direct link to the folder), or you can choose the Rename option if you would like to give the folder a different name.

One other way that you can manage folders from Google Drive is if you click the New button at the upper left corner of the Google Drive interface, then select the Folder option at the top of the list.

Yet another way that you can interact with folders in Google drive is to select the folder, then use the options at the top right corner of the window. This includes some of the same options that you see if you right click on the folder, such as if you want to delete the folder, share it, or create a link to the folder.

How to Create a New Folder in Google Docs on an iPhone (Guide with Pictures)

The Google Docs iPhone app is a great tool for creating or editing documents.

At first, it might seem like you wouldn’t be able to easily work with documents on a mobile device, but the interface is pretty intuitive and easy to use, and it’s definitely a viable option if you need to make some document edits while you’re on the go.

If you would also like to be able to organize files on your iPhone by making new folders from your Apple smartphone, then these steps can show you how.

Step 1: Open the Google Docs app on your iPhone.

If you don’t already have it then you can download it here.

open the Docs app

Step 2: Touch the three dots to the right of one of the documents listed.

touch the three dots next to a document

Step 3: Select the Move option from the drop down menu.

select the Move option

Step 4: Choose the My Drive option.

choose My Drive

Step 5: Tap the New folder icon at the upper right corner of the screen.

select New folder

Step 6: Type a name for the new folder, then tap the Create button.

how to make a new Google Docs folder on iPhone

After you click Create this will add a new folder to the main page of the Google Drive file list. You can then select folder options if you tap on that folder and do things like view the files that are stored in that folder and open them.


Now that you know how to create folders in Google Drive from both the Web version of the application and the mobile app version, you will be able to place a new document or existing document in the folders that you create.

Then when you open Google Drive you will be able to find those files much more easily, and even move files between the different folders that you have created in Google’s cloud storage service.

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