Google Drive gets a new feature to help you find files easier: How it works


Google last month announced a major update to its suite of workspace apps, including Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Drive. The update includes several new Artificial Intelligence (AI) based features such as new calendar invitation template, variables, emoji voting chips, and data extraction chips etc. Now, a little over a month later, the company is bringing some of these promised features to Google Drive.

Google announced in an update on its Google Workspace Update blog that it is finally bringing a feature called ‘search chips’, which it announced last month, to Google Drive. Search Chips, as the company explained at the time, will enable users to filter the files they’re looking for in Google Drive by various criteria such as file type, owner, and last modified date. The purpose of this feature is to make it easier and faster for users to find files on the platform.

At the time, Google said it would roll out this feature (among others) to users in the coming weeks. Now, almost a month later, the company has finally started rolling out the feature to all eligible users.

Who is eligible to receive Search Chips in Google Drive?

As far as availability is concerned, Google said that all Google Workspace customers, as well as legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers, and users with personal Google Accounts are eligible to receive search chips in Google Drive. It has already started rolling out the feature and it should be available to all users in the coming weeks.

how to use search chips in google drive

Google says that search chips will appear below the search bar in Google Drive and they will search all files, folders, and subfolders within that view, such as My Drive, Recents, or Trash. Once rolled out, search chips will be present in Google Drive by default.

To remove a search chip in Google Drive users need to go to the right side of the chip and then click on the ‘X’ icon. To remove all search chips at once, users need to click on the ‘X’ button at the end of the chips.

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