In 2020, the company launched a shortcuts system designed to simplify file and folder structures, by “creating pointers to items, rather than having items which existed in multiple locations”.
Now, Google has confirmed that multi-location files will be automatically migrated to shortcuts, starting early next year.
Google Drive shortcuts
“Expanding the use of shortcuts will increase the consistency of behavior and make it easier for users to understand how their Drive is structured,” explained the firm.
As a result of the shift to remote working during the pandemic, employees are now far more reliant on cloud-based productivity software (like Google Workspace) to collaborate with co-workers and partner organizations.
With the upcoming update, Google will hope to impose some measure of order on the chaos, which is only exacerbated by the opportunity for files to exist in multiple locations.
According to the blog post, administrators will be notified via email a number of weeks before the migration to shortcuts takes place. Before the process begins, admins will be able to specify whether shortcuts are introduced in all possible scenarios, or only for content shared within the company’s own domain.
Google Workspace users, meanwhile, will be served a banner warning of the changes, but will be required to take no further action. All existing file permissions will be preserved after the migration takes place, says Google.