How to search for files by title or content
To search for a file in Google Drive or the Docs, Sheets, and Slides home screens, type a word or phrase into the search box at the top and press Enter.
- Go to the search box at the top and type a word or phrase
- If you want to narrow your search, click the drop-down menu arrow
- choose from these options:
- File type: Documents, images, PDFs, etc.
- Opens With: Drawings, Google Docs, etc.
- Ownership: Whether the file belongs to you or someone else.
- Press Enter or click the Search button .
Using Search Operators/Commands
Watch this 5-minute video from Google on How to Search in Gmail/Drive with Search Operators
You can search by using phrases or commands to get more specific results.
You want to find all documents that are owned by you and shared with a specific person. Each command should have no space before or after the colon. You can enter multiple commands separated by a single space.
NOTE: it is not necessary to use the entire email address unless it is shared with someone outside of the George Fox domain, also, first or last name may not work since sharing is done by username in the email address
Documents that contain an exact phrase.
Example:"match this phrase exactly"
Documents with at least one of the words. (must be in caps)
Example:tacos OR nachos
Documents with both words
Example: tacos AND nachos
Documents that exclude a word. So if you want “salsa,” but not “dancing,” use…
Documents owned or shared by a specific person.
Documents you shared with someone.
Items marked with a star.
Items that are trashed
Search by the type of document: folder, document, spreadsheet, presentation, PDF, image, video, drawing, form, script, and table.
Find items that were edited before or after a certain day.
Search by title.
Example: title:"Conference 2014"
Search for items that can be opened by a specific app.
Example: app:"Google Docs"
(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.