Soon, Google will add one of the most commonly requested features to its Drive file hosting, sharing, and collaboration service: shortcuts.

These will allow users to create pointers to files from either the same drive or another, separate shared drive.

The new feature will work just like shortcuts in Windows—they are pointers to a file stored in another location.

The shortcut can be stored anywhere without impacting the location of the original file.

Google gave this example in its blog post announcing the feature:

If Paul in marketing shares a document from his team’s shared drive with the entire sales team, Greta in sales can create a shortcut to that document in her own team’s shared drive.

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