Managing your files
After you've been using Google Drive for a while, you might find yourself having a difficult time keeping track of all your files. Fortunately, Drive offers several features to help you manage and organize your files.
Finding the desired file
Searching for files
Searching lets you look for specific files using words contained within the file or file name. To do this, locate the search bar, then enter the word or file name that you're looking for. A list of suggested searches and files will appear as you type. Simply click a file to open it directly from the search results. You can also press the Enter key to see a full list of search results.
By default, your files are already sorted from newest to oldest. However, you can apply other sorts to put your files in a different order. To do this, click the Sort button near the upper-right corner of your Google Drive, then choose the desired sorting option.
To apply a filter:
Filters let you hide unimportant files and focus only on the ones you're interested in. For example, if you were looking for a presentation, you could use a filter to narrow down your visible files so you would only see presentations.
- Locate and select the Search options arrow in the search bar.
- Choose the filter you want to use. In our example, we'll set a filter for file type.
- Choose the desired filter. In our example, we'll select Documents.
- Click the Search button or press the Enter key to apply the filter.
- Only files that match the filter will appear.
To clear a filter, simply select the text in search bar, then press the Backspace or Delete key.
Entering a search term