Adding Google Drive to the Windows Explorer sidebar

For those of you who use OneDrive or Dropbox you may have noticed that they create non-removable shortcuts in the Explorer sidebar. If you are also a Google Drive user you'll notice that Google Drive doesn't create the same shortcuts.

Following the steps below you can create the same shortcut for Google Drive:

Disclaimer: This was only tested on Windows 10 Professional and Windows 8.1 Professional. Ensure you backup your registry before making any changes.


  • Download Google Drive.reg
  • Open GoogleDrive.reg in your favourite text editor.
  • Update the %USERPROFILE% values for TargetFolderPath so that the final value is the full path to your Google Drive folder. Ensure that you use \\ in the folder path structure. eg. "TargetFolderPath"="X:\Google Drive"
  • Save all changes
  • Double-click GoogleDrive.reg to install and ensure you click yes when prompted.


You should now see Google Drive pinned to the Explorer sidebar.