Google has introduced a “search chips” feature in Drive, allowing users to filter their files by various criteria such as file type, owner, date modified, and more.
The feature was first announced in February 2020 and had been gradually rolling out to all users since then.
The search chips feature aims to make it easier for users to find the files they need in Drive, especially when they have many files stored in the cloud.
Users can click on the search box and select the relevant filters from the drop-down menu below. The filters persist until the user clears them or starts a new search.
The search chips feature also supports advanced search operators, such as “OR” and “AND,” which can combine multiple filters.
For example, users can search for PDFs or Word documents files by typing “type:pdf OR type:docx” in the search box. Users can also use quotation marks to search for exact phrases, such as “project proposal”.
The search chips feature is available for all Google Workspace customers and G Suite Basic and Business customers.
It is also available for personal Google accounts. Users can access the feature by visiting drive.google.com on their web browser. The feature is not yet available on the Drive mobile app.
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