Google Drive — the cloud-based file management and sharing system — set to implement the use of shortcuts for its base interface.
The announcement comes from an official blog post announced a few days ago. It introduced the new feature, as well as demonstrating how it would function within the visual environment of a standard Google Drive account.
The interesting thing about this feature is that it is as intuitive as what you would expect from a cloud-based file management system. So yes, it does let you create shortcuts from other sources or links that you would otherwise have no direct access or ownership to.
For example, so long as a certain directory is shared among specific users, all the other users can effectively create shortcuts on their own Google Drive visual layouts that will directly access its content. Needless to say, this is also possible if multiple accounts are owned by a single user.
In accordance with this upcoming update, the “Add to My Drive” option will soon be replaced completely by the “Add shortcut to Drive” option. Take note that this will not change accessibility to older files that are already “saved” on multiple directories within your Google Drive. However, you will no longer have the option to do so, as the other copies would simply be shortcuts to the original instead.
Aside from folders, shortcuts may also be made for these types of files:
- Microsoft Office files
- Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides files
Implementation of updates and features to Google Drive has been pretty straightforward for the last few years. However, there is a distinct pattern of retroactively implementing older features that were already available for a long time on older, more classic file management software. The upcoming shortcut option is one such feature, something that curiously enough, was never available for Google Drive all this time.
Anyone who is interested in testing the new feature can follow the instructions provided by Google’s official link.
UPDATE: users currently applying for the beta features will be put into a waitlist instead at the moment.