Overview:  with the move to Google Drive for faculty, if you used your old Desktop to store files and folders you can still replicate that experience with folder aliases.

  1. @Desktop inside your Google Drive folder is where your Desktop files and folders were moved.
  2. If you want to have links to you old Desktop folders, open your @Desktop folder.  From the finder click on the folder you wish to have on your desktop and click File > Make Alias (or Command - L).  

  3. Take this alias and drag it to your desktop:

  4. Now you can access folders you use to store on your old desktop but still have them stored in your Google Drive folder.

  5. You can do that with individual files as well: 

Remember:  if your file or folder is not in @Desktop or @Documents or your Google Drive folder it is not being backed up.