Google Drive Search Tips

Google Drive Search:

How to search for a file on Google Drive which was shared to/by a specific person?

Files Search on Google Drive is similar to Gmail Search. Use the search box at the top. Same search operators shall be used.

Google Drive Search Box

Google Drive Search Box

      • To search for a file shared by a specific person, use search operator “from:” followed by the person email or part of the email

For example, use the search query “from:user”, to retrieve the list of files shared by “user”

      • To search for a file shared to a specific person, use search operator “to:” followed by the person email or part of the email
      • To search for a file shared to a specific person by you, combine the search operators “from:” and “to:”

Search query  “from:me to:user@gmail.com”

You can also narrow your search by File Type, Visibility and Ownership.

How do I find all files shared with a certain person, and then un-share?

Once you have found all the files that you want, you shall perform the required actions on those files as a group. For example, if you want to unshare all the files you have shared with a person:

    • Use search query to list all the files
    • Choose all files
    • Click Share Button at the top

Google Drive Search and Unshare

  • Click you can click on the close button or change the accessibility to a specific person.

Google Drive Search Unshare

Please note that only if you are the owner, you will have the Share option available.

Check more on Google Drive search at Search your Google Drive – Google Help

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