Use Google Drive like a Pro

Written by Sarmad Gardezi July 31, 2017

You have lots of files in your Google Drive and it can take some effort to find that elusive file you’ve been looking for.For instance, how do you quickly find the sales presentation that James shared with you last week? Or how do you locate a specific resume among the hundreds of other PDF files in your Google Drive folders?

Like Gmail & Twitter People requently use Google Drive to save their secure data.But when we save to many data its unable for us to find the specific one. You can use search operators on the Google Drive website and the Drive mobile apps. Chrome users can type drive.google.com in the search bar, press tab and enter the search query.

Search that Helps you to Figure out your Data

When its time to search some file you need a query matches the file’s title, the content or the file’s description. So you can type “me” in query to find all the stuff uploaded by you.

Drive will also perform a OCR and search for text inside images and scanned PDFs. I have stored a scanned copy of my Aadhaar card in Google Drive. I only remember the first few digits of my Aadhaar number but that is sufficient to locate the scanned image of the card in Drive.

How to Find Files in Google Drive

Find Google spreadsheets shared by your colleague James
type:spreadsheet from:Sarmad

Find Photos or Images containing photos of cakes
type:image owner:me cakes

Find files in trash that were modified today
is:trashed after:2017-07-28

Find PDF files that are shared with me
type:pdf -owner:me

Find files that are shared with me and added to my Google Drive
in:myFiles -owner:me

Find all folders in my Google Drive that are created by me
type:folder -owner:me

Find presentations that I’ve shared with my secretary
type:presentation to:secretary@domain.com

Tip: You can also use the Google Drive Auditor add-on to generate a detailed list of users who can access your Google Drive files.

Find all files that I’ve recently viewed or added in Google Drive
Click “Recent” in the sidebar or use this link

FIND THE BIGGEST FILES IN GOOGLE DRIVE

Gmail offers the larger_than and smaller_than search operator to find all the space-hogging emails in your account. Google Drive offers no search by size operator buy you can use this special link – drive.google.com/#quota – to sort files by size and the ones taking the most space would be listed at the top.

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