Introduction to the Left Side Options Panel in Google Drive

Quick and easy-to-follow guide for Google Drive users

What is the left-side panel in Google Drive

  • In Google Drive in a web browser, the interface features a panel on the left, with a few options allowing you to view different sections.
Introduction To The Left Side Options Panel In Google Drive

How to use the left-side panel in Google Drive

My Drive shows your personal Google Drive space. In My Drive, you can click the New button to do the following:

Shared drives
shows Drives where multiple people can co-own, manage and upload files to a single drive. See more about Shared Drives here.

If you have selected the Shared drives menu, clicking the New button will create a new Shared Drive.

When viewing the Shared Drive by selecting it in the Shared drives section, the New button lets you create and upload files, same as in My Drive.

Priority shows Workspaces and files with recent activity.

Shared with me displays files and folders others have shared with you from their Drive.

These files and folders are uploaded to someone else’s account and don’t count toward your storage quota.

Recent also shows recent activity.

Starred shows files and folders that you have starred.

Trash shows deleted files and folders.

Storage shows how much storage you have used. The Buy storage button lets you add more storage.

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