Improved Google Drive Search Filters Rolling Out to All Workspace Users

Deepak Gupta February 16, 2022
Updated 2022/02/16 at 12:08 PM

Google Drive “search chips” designed to make finding files easier are flipping for all Workspace users, On the edge reported. The new feature arrived in beta late last year, allowing you to limit results by file type, modification date, location, people involved, and other parameters.


Using the new feature is very easy, thankfully. When performing a normal search, you will see a list of six tabs with drop-down menus: Location, File Type, People, Last Modified, Title Only, and Tasks. Clicking or tapping on one of them will filter your search results by a relevant person in the case of people or a date (Today, Last 7 days, Last 30 days, etc.).

Google Drive already offered a way to filter files, but it hid this feature behind a submenu in the rightmost icon in the search bar – many users were probably unaware of its existence. Search chips are therefore more of a (welcome) improvement to the UI experience than an entirely new feature.

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