Copying a File in Google Drive

If you ever needed to make a copy of a file in Google Drive, please follow these steps.


  1. Right-Click on your file and choose Make a copy from the list.
  2. Wait for a few seconds, then you will see a Copy of the file.
  3. Now, you can right-click and rename the file or open the file and rename it.
Classroom Integration: when working in Google Drive you may be faced to make duplicate files for yourself or for distributing to your students. Copying a file in Drive allow will save time for file template creation or allow you to take a file you have found (you don’t have permissions to and make it your own). Here are a few reasons why you would copy a file in Google Drive

  • If someone sends you a file but you don’t have permissions to it, copying it will give you ownership of the new file you created.
  • If you want to set up a template but don’t want to write on the template, you make a copy of the file.
  • If you want to create numerous copies of a file for distribution.


Note: you cannot copy a folder in Google Drive, unless you Connect your Drive to your desktop and make copies of folders from you Google Drive on your computer.