How to Search a Google Drive Folder

If you store a lot of files in Google Drive, you’ve probably had to find one at some point. But if you know your item is in a particular folder, you can save time by limiting your search to that folder.

First, you can do a quick search inside a folder without opening Google Drive’s search tool. If you can’t find what you need right away, you can also use advanced search techniques to limit your search to that folder.

How to share and collaborate with Google Drive

Perform a quick search in a folder

To find what you need in a particular folder, select it in the My Drive section. Next, right-click or select the three-dot menu button to open More Actions and choose “Search in [nom du dossier] “.

Find in Folder in the More Actions menu

When the folder opens, all you need to do is type your word, phrase, or term in the search box at the top and press Enter or Return.

Search in a Google Drive folder

Use advanced search for a folder

If you want to narrow your results when searching in a folder, you can use Google Drive’s advanced search fields.

Click the Search Options icon located to the right of the search field at the top of the screen. Use the A words or item name box to enter your search term.

Search options and boxes for keywords

Next to Location, click “Anywhere”. You can then navigate to the folder by choosing the arrow to the right of My Drive.

My Reader in the “Anywhere” drop-down menu

Choose the folder you want to search from the list and click “Select”.

Selecting a folder in My Player

Complete any remaining fields that you want to use to narrow down the file type, such as the date it was modified or if you shared it with anyone. Select “Search”.

Advanced search in a Google Drive folder

You will then get results for files in that folder only.

Rather than searching all of Google Drive for a document, picture, or other item, you can start with the folder that you know contains that item. This saves you time and a few steps so you can quickly find what you need.

To learn more, learn how to search Google Drive directly from Chrome’s address bar.

Leave a Comment