How to Copy a File in Google Drive

You can interact with Google Drive files in a number of ways. You can open them in Google Apps, share them with other people, you can insert PDF into Google Doc files, or move them to folders. You can also learn how to copy a file in Google Drive if you need to edit a file and keep a copy of the original.

Have you created a document or a spreadsheet in Google Drive, and you would like to use it for a purpose other than why it was originally created? While you could simply use the original file then restore an older version of the file, it may be beneficial to simply make a copy of the original file, then make changes to the copy.

Fortunately, Google Drive has an option where you can create copies of your files. The copy will be an exact duplicate of the original, allowing you to make changes without affecting the information on that original. Our tutorial below will show you how to do this.

How to Make a Copy of a File in Google Drive

  1. Open Google Drive.
  2. Select the file.
  3. Click More actions, then Make a copy.

Our guide continues below with additional information on copying Google Drive files, including pictures of these steps.

Copying a File in Google Drive (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will work in other browsers as well. Note that you will be able to rename the copied file after you create it so that it is easier to identify in your Google Drive.

Step 1: Sign in to your Google Drive at

Step 2: Select the file that you wish to copy.

choose the google drive file to copy

Step 3: Click the More actions button at the top-right of the window, then choose the Make a copy option.

how to make a copy of a file in google drive

You can then right-click the copy and choose the Rename option to give it a different filename. Note that there is also an option on this right-click menu to make a copy of the selected file as well.

how to rename a file in google drive

Have you created a file in Google Drive and you would like to put it on a Web page? Find out how to get the embed code for a Google Drive file so that it can be pasted into a Web page. newsletter

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