Searching in Google Drive

You can refine your search in Drive using specific phrases or commands. To refine your search:

  1. Type a phrase.
  2. Add an option to narrow your search (see the chart below for examples).
  3. Press Enter.
Option Description
Quotes Documents that contain an exact phrase.
Example:”match this phrase exactly”
OR Documents with at least one of the words.
Example:tacos OR nachos
Minus sign Documents that exclude a word. So if you want “salsa,” but not “dancing,” use…
Example:salsa -dancing
owner:
from:
Documents owned or shared by a specific person.
Example:
owner:bob@gmail.com
from:bob@gmail.com
to: Documents you shared with someone.
Example:
to:bob@gmail.com
is:starred Items marked with a star.
Example:
is:starred
is:trashed Items that are trashed.
Example:
is:trashed
type: Search by the type of document: folder, document, spreadsheet, presentation, PDF, image, video, drawing, form, script, and table.
Example:
type:spreadsheet
before:YYYY-MM-DD after:YYYY-MM-DD Find items that were edited before or after a certain day.
Example:
before:2014-05-01
after:2014-05-01
title: Search by title.
Example:
title:”Conference 2014″
app: Search for items that can be opened by a specific app.
Example:
app:”Google Docs”
source:domain
(For Google Apps users only)
Search for items that have been shared publicly to the user’s domain, instead of the user’s default set of searchable items.
Example:
source:domain

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