Google Drive on the web gains a handy feature you never knew it lacked

What you need to know

  • Google Drive finally lets you use common keyboard shortcuts to manage files on the web.
  • The file storage service has added support for Ctrl + C (or ⌘ + C on Mac), Ctrl + X and Ctrl + V.
  • However, the new capability is only available when you open Drive in Google Chrome.

If you’ve been using Google Drive on the web for a while, you might have assumed that you could use keyboard shortcuts to cut, copy, and paste files—until you realized that this has not actually been possible. That is changing now, thanks to a long-overdue update to the file storage service.

Google announced in a blog post (opens in new tab) that Drive is picking up support for common keyboard shortcuts, including Ctrl + C (or ⌘ + C on macOS), Ctrl + X, and Ctrl + V to move files to other locations. These shortcuts allow you to copy, cut, and paste files.

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