On Chromebooks, files can be saved to either the Downloads folder or your Google Drive. There is limited storage in the Downloads folder, so most files should be saved to your Google Drive.
To view the File Manager, click the File icon in the taskbar. (You can also open the File Manager by clicking the File app in the app drawer.)
The file manager opens in a new window and you will see your Google Drive and your Downloads.
Downloads contains files stored on your Chromebook’s hard drive. You can right click anywhere inside the Downloads drive to create new folders. Anything you save here will be lost during a reset. Use your Google Drive or a USB stick to store important data.
The Google Drive on your Chromebook lists files stored on your Google Drive account, in the cloud. That means, you can access them from any device, if you login to Google Drive. Even though Google Drive lists all the files there, not all of them are physically present on your Chromebook. Files are downloaded when you try to open them. To make files available offline, go to the Docs or Slides App, then right click the file and then choose Available offline.
- You can drag and drop files from the Downloads drive or Google Drive to copy files between them.
- To delete a file, right click and choose Delete.
- If you accidentally delete a file, click Undo on the top of the file manager to retrieve the file.
- You can use USB hard drives and thumb drives as storage devices.