Modified 08 November 2019 by Vicki Rayner

The already very powerful search in Google Drive now allows you to limit a search for files to a single file hierarchy

This addition to Drive search is very simple and very powerful. By selecting a specific folder in Drive you can then search within it and its subfolders.

Within Google Drive:

  • Select the drop-down in the search bar
  • Choose the folder you want from the Location menu


  • Right-click on a folder
  • select Search within that folder


Only folders that are within your My Drive or within Team Drives can be searched; if you have a folder that is shared with you, first add the folder to your My Drive.