Uploading Files to Google Docs

How To Upload Files

In a nutshell, there are two ways to upload files to Google Docs:
  • Dragging files directly into your Documents List
  • Clicking the Upload button and selecting Files...



Once you upload a file, the settings you select will be applied to all files you upload. You can adjust these preferences in the Settings section of the Upload drop-down menu.




When you upload a file, a box that indicates the progress of the upload appears in the bottom right of your screen. You can minimize the box or move it to the left or right of the screen. When you’re done, you can click the document title to open the uploaded file or close the box by clicking the x in the upper right of the box.

Click the links below if you'd like to learn more about the different ways of uploading files.

Drag-and-drop file upload

You can drag-and-drop your files directly from your computer into your Documents List, and even straight into a collection.

This feature is available only in the latest versions of Chrome and Firefox. If you aren’t working in the latest version of Chrome or Firefox, you can click the Upload button and select either Files... or Basic... from the drop-down menu.

File upload

To manually select files from your computer to upload to Google Docs, follow these steps:

  1. In your Documents List, click the Upload button and select Files... from the drop-down menu.
  2. Select the file you’d like to upload to Google Docs. To select multiple files, press Shift or Ctrl and click all the files to upload.
  3. Your file(s) will appear in your Documents List.

How to upload folders

Uploading a folder can save you the time and hassle of uploading individual files from your computer to Google Docs. When you upload a folder, you'll also save the time it takes you to organize your files and documents into collections. You can upload one or more folders to the Documents List at a time. Individual files within that folder will be uploaded, and subfolder structure will be maintained.

For example, let's say you have a folder on your desktop called "Photos." Within this folder, you have sub-folders named "Family photos," "Vacation photos," and "Landscapes," each containing five photos. When you upload the "Photos" folder to Google Docs, each of the sub-folders and the photos within them will also be uploaded in the same structure.

Your upload settings will also apply to folders that you upload. If you've opted to convert your files to Google Docs format, all files in a supported format and file size will be converted.

How to upload a folder using Chrome

  1. Click the Upload button and select Folder...
  2. Select one or more folders to upload. All files and sub-folders within that folder will also be uploaded.
  3. A box that indicates the progress of your folder upload, as well as a list of the files being uploaded, appears in the bottom right of your Documents List.
  4. When you're done with your upload you can click the link to open the uploaded folder in your Documents List or close the box by clicking the x in the upper right of the box.

How to upload a folder using a browser other than Chrome

If you're working in a browser other than Chrome, you'll need to enable Java in your browser and install an applet in order to upload folders to Google Docs.

  1. Enable Java in your browser.
  2. Confirm that Java is enabled by visiting the Java test page.
  3. Install the Java applet.
    • Click the Upload button in the Documents List and install the Java Applet when prompted.
    • A security dialog will open asking if you want to allow an applet to run. Install this applet. Note: The applet will be signed by Google Inc.

You'll need to enable folder upload in these browsers each time you visit your Documents List.

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