Search for files in your Team Folders and Secured Folders

When working with Team Folder libraries and Secured Folder libraries in Google Drive, you can use the Smartbar feature Search in current folder.

Important: The Search in current folder feature isn't available for non G Suite external users.

Learn more: 

This article explains how to search for files in Google Drive when working with AODocs Team Folders and Secured Folders.  

The search bar in Google Drive
Run a search with keywords
Use an empty search query to list all files and subfolders
Refine a search query


The search bar in Google Drive

The search bar in Google Drive looks like this when the Smartbar isn't installed. 

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The search bar in Google Drive looks like this when the Smartbar is installed.

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Run a search with keywords

1. Select an AODocs library using the library picker. You can run the search from the library root or navigate to the required folder. 

2. Enter one or more keywords in the search bar. 

3. Press the Search in current folder button.

All files and subfolders within the selected folder that match the keywords are displayed.

Note: If you select a file in the results list, its path is displayed at the bottom of the screen.

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Use an empty search query to list all files and subfolders

You can use the Search in current folder button to display in a "flat" list all the files contained in a folder and its subfolders. 

1. Select an AODocs library using the library picker. You can run the search from the library root or navigate to the required folder. 

2. Press the Search in current folder button without entering any keywords in the search box.

All files and subfolders in the selected folder are displayed.

Note: If you select a file in the results list, its path is displayed at the bottom of the screen.

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Refine a search query

You can further refine your search after a search in current folder query:

1. Press the arrow to the right of the search field.

2. In the pop-up, enter the criteria by which you want to further refine your search.

In the example below, the search results for files containing the keyword “contract” is restricted to include only PDFs.

2. Press the Search button.

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The search results show only PDF files matching the keyword “contract” contained in the selected folder and its subfolders.

Note: If you select a file in the results list, its path is displayed at the bottom of the screen.

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