Google Drive is one of the most popular places to store your files. It may fail to work sometimes, but what service doesn’t experiment problems from time to time. But when you have a lot of files, finding a specific file can be time-consuming.
Good thing that Google Drive has options that offer you different ways to search for your files. Which ones you decide to go with is up to you, but it’s a good idea to get to know all the searching options Google Drive has to offer.
Tips to Easily Find Your Files on Google Drive
The easiest way to find a file is to use the search bar at the top of the page. Not only does it search by title, but it’ll also show you files with the text you put into the search bar, even if it’s not part of the title. By simply clicking on the search bar, Google Drive shows you the different files types you can search by. For example, you can choose from:
- Photos and images
To search for files with a specific file extension, you can also type *png or search by the owner by typing owner:email address here, for example. So it would look something like this; owner:firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll also see an option that says Relevance at the top right when you choose one. If you click on it, you can also see the files by last modified. If you need a more detailed search option, click on where it says More search tools at the bottom left or on the icon to the right of the search bar.
You’ll see search options such as:
You can search by
- File type
- Location – With this option, you can check the box for the areas you want Google Drive to look, such as in the trash, starred, awaiting my approval, and requested by me.
- Date modified
- Item name
- Has the words
- Shared to
- Follow up
Other Google Drive search tips include using quotation marks when you want to search for a file that has an exact phrase. For example, if you’re looking for files that have the word deadline in them, you would type ¨deadline¨.
You can do other useful things with Google Drive, such as transfer files from one account to another. It’s also straightforward to create and share the folders you create. But now you know what tools are available for searching for your files.
Thanks to the options Google Drive has you can search for your files by date, owner, and many other filters. The last thing you may want to do is scroll endlessly through hundreds of files to find that one file. Did I miss a search method you use when looking for your files? Share them with us in the comments below, and don’t forget to share the article with others on social media.