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Search, Don't Sort

Now that we all have Google Drive on our computers, and it comes with unlimited storage, chances are that you're finding it increasingly difficult to actually find what you're looking for.

Sure, you can use the Windows search feature to find all your files with the word "test" in them, but if you have 5+ years' worth of tests on your computer, how handy is that really?


By visiting Google Drive on the web, you can use their search bar to find files more accurately by using the following search operators:

title: – search by the file’s title (group phrases in quotation marks)
owner: – search according to who owns the item (works best with owner:email address)
type: – search by the file type (this covers: document, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, image, video, image_or_video, pdf, and textdoc)
is:starred – search items that you’ve marked with a star

For example, if I wanted to find a Google Doc that was called "test" that a colleague had shared with me, and I knew it had the word "revolution" in it, I might use this search:

revolution title:test owner:polzinc@edmonds.wednet.edu type:document

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