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To create a new folder for your Google Docs documents, you don’t necessarily have to open Google Drive. You can make new folders from within Google Docs on the web and mobile and we’ll show you how.

The folders that you create from within Docs are saved alongside your other folders in Google Drive.

Create a Folder in Google Docs on the Web

To create a new folder in Google Docs on a Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook computer, launch a web browser on your computer and open the Google Docs site.

On the Docs site, select the document that you’d like to put in a new folder. If you don’t already have a document, create one by clicking “Blank.”

Click "Blank" on the Google Docs site.

At the top of the Docs editing screen, right next to the document title, click the “Move” (a folder icon) option.

Click the "Move" option on the Google Docs' editing screen.

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In the move menu that opens, you’ll see your Google Drive’s folders. Here, navigate to the folder where you’d like to create a new folder. Then, at the bottom-left corner of this menu, click the “New Folder” option.

Click the "New Folder" option in the move menu on the Google Docs site.

At the top of the move menu, type a name for your new folder. Then, next to the name field, click the checkmark icon. This will create a new folder with your chosen name.

Type a new folder name in the move menu on the Google Docs site.

Finally, at the bottom-right corner of the move menu, click “Move Here.” This moves your current document to the newly created folder.

Click "Move Here" in the move menu on the Google Docs site.

And that’s how you create folders in Google Docs without leaving the editing screen!

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Create a Folder in Google Docs on Mobile

If you’re on an iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, use the Google Docs app to create folders.

To do so, first, launch the Google Docs app on your phone. In the app, tap the document which you want to move to the new folder. Or, to create a new document, select the “+” (plus) sign in the bottom-right corner.

Tap the "+" (plus) sign in the Google Docs app.

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On the Docs editing screen that opens, from the top-right corner, select the three dots.

Tap the three dots at the top-right corner of the editing screen in the Google Docs app.

From the three-dots menu, select “Move.”

Select "Move" in the three-dots menu of the Google Docs app.

You’ll see a “My Drive” screen that displays your Google Drive folders. On this screen, navigate to the folder in which you want to create a new folder.

Then, at the top-right corner of the “My Drive” page, tap the folder icon.

A “New Folder” prompt will open. Here, tap the text field and type your folder’s name. Then tap “Create.”

Type a new folder name and tap "Create" in the "New Folder" prompt of the Google Docs app.

Google Docs will create your new folder. On your current folder screen, from the bottom-right corner, select “Move.” This moves your current document to the newly made folder.

Select "Move" from the bottom-right corner of the Google Docs app.

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And that’s all it takes to make new folders from within Google Docs on your phone!


If you use Google Drive as your primary cloud storage, consider learning some Drive organization tips so that your storage remains decluttered.

RELATED: How to Organize Your Google Drive

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