Shortcuts on Google Drive are now available to all users. This feature is designed for better organization of shared files. In particular, it quickly saves you from having to copy them to different shared folders if necessary. Google is warning that all duplicate files, that is, those available in multiple locations in My Drive, will be deleted from September 30. Explanations.
After several months of testing, Google has announced the general deployment of shortcuts in Google Drive. If you think twice about the keyboard shortcuts that allow you to go faster, this is not what it is about. The Driv shortcutsThey are more like those created in Windows to access a file from several places, without having to duplicate it.
This new functionality offers two advantages: on the one hand, it quickly creates private links to send other users to access a specific file. And on the other hand, it allows to avoid the multiplication of copies of the same file sure Google Drive in case you want to put it in several shared folders. On this second point, Google wants to avoid overloading its servers with unnecessary duplicate files.
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Removal of all duplicates in Google Drive from September 30, 2020
For this, the firm announces that from September 30, 2020, if the same file is found in different locations of your personal Drive because you have, for example, put it in several shared folders intended for different groups of people, these duplicates will be removed and automatically replaced by shortcuts which point directly to the source file.
Google Drive shortcuts are visible to anyone who has access to the shared folder containing the shortcut. However, the owner has the possibility to restrict access only to certain people. Finally, to facilitate the transition, Google replaces the button Add Drive in the context menu (right click) by Add a Drive shortcut , so now you can create shortcuts rather than duplicate files.