Google Drive search methods
Having trouble finding things in your Google Drive?
Here are some tips to improve your Drive search results:
Filter your Drive search results
To find files more easily in Drive, you can narrow search results by filtering them.
- On your computer, go to drive.google.com.
- At the top, type a word or phrase into the search box.
- To narrow your search, click the Down arrow .
- Fill out any of the following sections:
- Type: File types such as documents, images, or PDFs.
- Date modified: The date a file was last edited.
- Item name: Searches only for the title of the file.
- Has the words: Searches for words and phrases within documents.
- Owner: The person the file belongs to.
- Shared with: Who can view, comment, or edit the file.
- Location: Whether the file is in a specific folder, "Trash," or "Starred."
- Follow up: If the file has action items assigned to you, or suggestions in files you own.
- At the bottom, click Search.
If the built-in filters are insufficient then you could try some advanced tricks.
Advanced Drive search methods
You can refine a search in Drive with these advanced searches entered directly into search bar.
Note: Not all examples work on all devices.
- Find documents that contain an exact word or phrase.
- Example: "match this phrase exactly"
- Find documents that exclude a particular word. If you want "salsa," but not "dancing"...
- Example: salsa -dancing
- Find documents you shared with a specific person or a group.
- Find items marked with a star.
- Find items that are trashed.
- Search by the type of document: folder, document, spreadsheet, presentation, PDF, image, video, drawing, form, site, script, table, or jam file.
- Example: type:spreadsheet
Before & after
- Find items that were edited before or after a certain day. Format the date as YYYY-MM-DD.
- Search by title
- Example: title:Conference 2014
- Find Google Fusion Tables or Apps Script files.
- app:"Google Apps Script"
- app:"Google Fusion Tables"
Source:domain (Google for work or school)
- Search for items that have been shared across your organization’s entire domain, instead of items created by you or your group.
- Example: To search for files related to domain, use source:domain