Searching Google Drive

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been using Google for a while. This means that I have A LOT of items in my drive. For the most part, things are organized. However, there are those times when I can’t find what I want. I have somehow organized it in a ‘unique’ way: some way that made sense to my crazy brain that day. Thankfully, Google has my back.

On occasion, typing in the name of the document, spreadsheet, etc. yields me a quick search. Make sure you are in Google Drive to start your search:

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However, more often than not I need to do an advanced search. At times, I know who shared the item with me. Other times, I know I am the owner, and sometimes I’m looking for a particular type of item (doc, draw, etc). In these cases, I click on the small down arrow to the right in the search bar.

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This brings up a wonderful array of options:

Search by ‘Type’

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Search by ‘Date Modified’

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I can also search by ‘Item Name’, or if I can’t remember the name and I know it has a specific word or phrase in it, I can search by that too in ‘Has the Words’.  Finally, I can search ‘Shared with’ if I know who I shared it with.

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I love the search by owner feature. Often times, I can remember the person who shared it with me – secretary, principal, or fellow 5th-grade teacher.

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Lastly, the ‘Located in’ search has come in handy. I often ‘star’ my original items or important ones.

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Hope this helps you find what you’re looking for!

2 thoughts on “Searching Google Drive

  1. All of your posts are so helpful! Thank you for your commitment to communicating strategies and successes with the larger educational community. We are planning a TechStravaganza in Modoc County in June, and one of our sessions is based on your session at the CUE conference on using Literacy Shed for engaging students in mastering ELA and ELD standards. Thanks for sharing all of the valuable resources.

    • I’m so glad you find them helpful! I LOVE the Literacy Shed! I’ve also been using A Tale Unfolds – also out of the UK. It’s a great program focusing on writing and language. Have fun at your TechStravaganza!

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