Google has a wide variety of apps and services, all of which are useful in one way or another. One thing they do better than most any other company, however, is search. Many of us use search operators on Google Search, but did you know that there are search operators you can use with Google Drive when you are looking for files or folders? Here’s a selection of operators when searching for files in Google Drive:
- 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.” You can also search for files available to people in your organization.
- Follow up: If the file has action items assigned to you or suggestions in files you own.
|Exact phrase||“Use quotes around an exact phrase“|
|One OR another||tacos OR nachos|
|Exclude a word||(Water but not lakes) water –lakes|
|File owner||(Files firstname.lastname@example.org owns) owner:email@example.com|
|shared files||(Files Joe shared with you) from:firstname.lastname@example.org|
|You shared files||(Files you shared with Joe) to:email@example.com|
|File type||(Spreadsheet file type) type:spreadsheet
(PDF file types) type:pdf
|Time frame||(Before or after January 18, 2019)
|Title||title:“The title goes here”|
|App||(Files opened in Google Drive) app:“Drive”|