Chromebook: How to Move Files and Folders

By Mark LaFay

Use Files to move and otherwise organize your files on your Chromebook. Creating several folders to group your files together and keep things in order is useful as you download and store files on your Chromebook’s internal storage. You can move files and folders by following these steps:

  1. Click the App Launcher icon in the bottom-left corner of your screen.

    The App Launcher appears.

  2. Locate the Files icon and click it.

    Files opens in a window that is not a Chrome browser.

  3. Click and hold the file that you wish to move, then drag the file to the desired folder. (See the figure.)

    When using the touchpad, after clicking and holding the file, use another finger to drag the file to the desired folder.

    Hovering the file over the folder highlights the folder.

  4. Release to drop the file into the target folder.

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If you would like to move multiple files and folders at once, you can do so with the following steps:

  1. From within the Files application window hold the Ctrl key and click the desired files.

    The files you click are all highlighted.

  2. Click and hold on any part of your selection; without releasing, drag the selection to the desired location.

    Hovering the files over the destination folder highlights the folder.

  3. Release to drop the files into the target folder.

If you would like to select an entire collection of files, follow these steps:

  1. Hold down the Shift key, then click with one finger or thumb and move the pointer with another finger to highlight several consecutive files at once.

  2. Click any part of your selection; without releasing, drag the selection to the desired location.

    Holding the files over the destination folder will highlight the folder indicating it is okay to release your finger from the touchpad.

  3. Release to drop the files into the target folder.