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How to Star and Color Code Content in Google Drive

Star and Color Code Content

Starring items in Google Drive allows you to quickly locate important and frequently used files and folders. Everything with a star is accessible with a single click from Starred in the left navigation panel. Once you no longer need quick access to an item, it’s good practice to remove the star to keep things organized.

Star a File or Folder

  1. Select the file(s) or folder(s) you want to star.

    Hold down the Ctrl key on a PC or Cmd key on a Mac to select and star multiple items at once.

  2. Click the More actions button.
  3. Select Add to Starred. Star and Color Code Content

You can also right-click the selected item(s) and select Add to Starred from the menu.

A star icon now appears next to the file or folder name. Click Starred in the navigation panel at the left to view all of your starred items.

Remove from Starred

  1. From Starred, select the file(s) or folder(s) you want to remove.
  2. Click the More actions button.
  3. Select Remove from Starred. Star and Color Code Content

You can also right-click the selected item(s) and select Remove from Starred from the menu.

The star is removed from the folder and the content no longer appears in Starred.

Color Code a Folder

The default color for folders in Google Drive is gray. When you have a lot of folders, this can make it difficult to find what you’re looking for. Luckily, color coding folders helps to categorize content. For example, you could use colors to classify by team, project, or priority.

Keep in mind, Drive is customized individually by each user. This means the colors you apply aren’t seen by others. You won’t be able to tell a colleague to look in the blue marketing folder to find a document, as their marketing folder may be a different color than yours.

  1. Select the folder(s) you want to color code.
  2. Click the More actions button.
  3. Select Change color. Star and Color Code Content

    You can also right-click the folder and select Change color from the menu.

  4. Select a color. Star and Color Code Content

The folder instantly updates to match your color selection.

The color is only applied to the folder itself, not the content within the folder.

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