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How to use advanced searches in Google Drive

These advanced search tips will help you get the most out of the search box at the top of Google Drive

Google Drive enables the storage and sharing of files in a traditional folder hierarchy and the ability to locate folders and files via traditional navigation methods (e.g. clicking down through a folder structure).

It is quicker to utilise the powerful search capability of Google Drive. A simple one or two keyword searches often surface the most relevant files immediately.

Advanced search operators are used when the search needs to be narrowed by more specific criteria (e.g. when there are a lot of files likely to be returned by a simple keyword search).

Narrowing your search in boolean search operators can help you more efficiently find your files & folders.

To narrow your search results click on the down arrow to the right of the search box to open a dropdown. Narrow your search by File type and Ownership.

You can also optionally check the Search domain name box to widen your search to all items shared to you even if not added to your My Drive.


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