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How to open the container folder for a Google Doc

Posted: May 14, 2017 14:05;
Last Modified: May 14, 2017 14:05


I quite like using Google Docs. I’m less crazy about Google Drive.

One of the common issues I have with the relationship between the two comes when I am given the direct link to a Google Doc or Sheet as part of a project. I often want to access (or start) other documents in that same folder. But until now I never knew how to find that folder (everything I learned comes from this page).

It turns out that all you need to do is click on the little folder icon beside the file name (highlighted in yellow in the following image):

When you do this, a dialogue opens up with a “Move” button. But the current location is also a hyperlink. If you click on it, the container folder opens up in a new tab.

You might think this is pretty obvious. It isn’t, however, for two reasons:

  1. When you first hover over the folder, the tool tip that comes up tells you that the icon is for moving the file to a new folder;
  2. Even after you click on it, the fact that the current directory is a also link is not obvious unless you hover over the folder name.


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