Finding your files in Google Drive just got easier

Finding your files in Google Drive just got easier

If you use Google Drive to store, share and synchronize your files in the cloud or in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, you are already familiar with the simple and intuitive interface of the service: everything is arranged in a clear and easily accessible way, while the clutter on the screen is kept to a minimum.

As you add more and more things to your cloud space, however, keeping track of everything can be tricky. With storage capacity up to tens of gigabytes, you may have saved files on the web that you haven't accessed for quite some time.

Now, however, the already extensive search tools of Google Drive they are further improved with the introduction of "search chips". Below we explain what they are, how to use them and some other tricks to help you find your files on Google Drive.

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Arrow Search chips are meant to make it easier to narrow down a screen of search results in Google Drive when using generic search terms (you might have noticed a similar feature on Gmail). The chips appear below the search bar and allow you to limit the number of results displayed with one click.

To take advantage of the new feature, you must be on the web version of Google Drive, not the mobile app. Enter a search term in the top bar, hit Enter, and you'll see a series of filters appear, including options like Location, File Type, and People.

Click on one of these filters to select the new parameters for your search on Google Drive. By clicking on File Type, for example, you can limit the results to documents, spreadsheets or presentations. Click on Last modified to narrow the results to files modified in the last week or month.

Search chips allow you to quickly narrow the results (GOOGLE VIA DAVID NIELD).

Google via David NieldSolo title is another useful filter. Normally, when you do a search on Google Drive, the system goes through not only the names of the files but also their content and even the text within the images. If you are looking for a file with a particular name, Title Only is the command for you, significantly reducing the number of results you will have to sift through.

If you want to go back and view the original results again search, click on the little X next to the search chip you used. You can also use the Clear All button on the right to remove all enabled search filters. To delete the search terms directly, click on the X on the right of the search bar.

Google Drive has also introduced spelling suggestions. If you misspelled a term in the search bar, you may see alternative spelling suggestions above the search chips, especially if those alternatives make more sense from the point of view of the results you get.

Even more options WiredLeaks search, how to send us an anonymous report Read the article Many of the features offered by the search chips were actually already available on Google Drive, but it is now easier to access them. By clicking inside the search bar at the top, for example, file types are displayed that you can search for.

Click on the search options icon to the right of the search bar (the one that remembers a series of cursors) to view the complete list of options available for finding a file in Google Drive. For example, you can search for words that match the filename or their content, rummage through the files in the trash or those you marked as special (giving them a star).

By the way: don't underestimate the function of the stars. While Google Drive doesn't offer different types of stars like Gmail does, assigning one to a file, marking it as special, can still be a very useful way to keep track of the most important things. By clicking on the item Specials in the navigation panel on the left you can view them all on the screen.

All existing filters remain available (GOOGLE VIA DAVID NIELD).

Google via David Nield Going to the control panel navigation on the left, you may also need the Recent link. Instead of viewing the files or folders in alphabetical order, you can take a look at the things you have worked on most recently in each folder, which are often the files you want to access.

Se work together with other people on specific files, you can filter them using the Pending my approval or Requests from me checkboxes, and also find files that need some kind of follow-up (such as documents with entries that need to be managed). If you need to know which files need your attention, these options can come to your rescue.

Once you have clicked Search from the search options dialog, your choices appear selected in the relevant search chips . You can change or remove any of these filters, or add others, using the options offered by the search chips.

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