How to search inside files in Google Drive?

I am a google drive user(not a API user or developer). I want to know is there any way to search inside the file contents. I know the filenames can be searched with search bar. But i couldn't find a way to search inside files.

For example,

I have a file Names.txt which contains

Oracle
Microsoft
IBM

How can i get,say Microsoft, just by searching?

I got this information

useContentAsIndexableText   boolean     Whether to use the content as indexable text. (Default: false) 

from

https://developers.google.com/drive/v2/reference/files/insert

and nothing more helpful :p

Any idea, how to get the file content by searching?

Actually, i found one way to sort the files which contains the text from the link below.

https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2375114?hl=en&ref_topic=2463645

That is by including the search term in in double quotes.

So if i search with "Microsoft". Then only files that contains Microsoft will be visible.

There are various ways you can filter the files inside the search panel of Google Drive, each with their own advantages. For example: Type – this is the most common choice at the top, it allows you to choose whether you are searching for a text document, presentation, spreadsheet, form, image, folder plus a number of other less common options.

I think that you need some kind of UI to do a full-text content search in your GDrive. There is several tools to do it.

First, you can do it on your desktop with DTSearch or MetaSearch Secondly, you can use cloud based solution Findo

None of solutions fit me properly, so I decided to write my own cloud based document search engine - Ambar. As for now it's supports only Dropbox. But you can give it a try as well with manual uploads.

Within Google Drive: Select the drop-down in the search bar ; Choose the folder you want from the Location menu; Alternatively: Right-click on a folder ; select Search within that folder *Note: 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.

You can use "" in the search box, neverthless if you have a lot of pdfs, convert it to doc format, this way you'll be able to look up information in books. Though I would recommend to hold your pdf files in your computer and analyze it with a pdf reader(For example PDF-XChange Viewer)

I am a google drive user(not a API user or developer). I want to know is there any way to search inside the file contents. I know the filenames can be searched with search bar. But i couldn't find a way to search inside files. For example, I have a file Names.txt which contains . Oracle Microsoft IBM How can i get,say Microsoft, just by searching?

The Search Drive box expands down to show the results, grouped by previous searches, Google app documents, and other documents (even Gmail items). You also have the option to search the Web for what you typed in. Google Drive Search looks for the word or phrase you typed (and similarities) in both the document name and in the document content.

Search within a folder in Google Drive. You can now search for content in a specific folder in Google Drive. Select the drop-down in the search bar and choose the folder you want from the Location menu, or right-click on a folder and 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.

Here are two of the ways to find out how many files are in a Google Drive folder. 1. Drag But Do Not Drop Method. 1. Open the Google Drive folder to see the available files. 2. Scroll all the way down until all of your files are loaded. If you do not do this, you will only get the count of the files that have been loaded. 3.

Comments
  • You say you're not an API developer - are you trying to become one, or are you just trying to do this from the web UI? It's not clear whether this is a programming question or not...
  • If you are asking about the web UI, as @JonSkeet says, it's offtopic for SO. But I just tried it and a plain search from the web gui does search inside the files. Also more details about UI search capabilities here support.google.com/drive/answer/…
  • Thanks for Interest of both of you.I found my answer. You are right i was trying it from web UI. And it is not a programming question.