Limiting which File Types You See in Drive

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 9, 2014)

As you add more and more files to Google Drive, it can quickly seem that the interface becomes cluttered. That's because the default method of displaying files is to show them all—even if that means a lot of files that could overwhelm you.

One handy way to grab control of what you are working on in Drive is to limit what the program displays at any give time. For instance, you might want to only display spreadsheets or PDF files, depending on what you are going to work with.

The way you do this is to display the main Drive screen and, in the search box at the top of the screen, click the small down-arrow at the right side of the box. Drive displays a list of file types that you can use to limit the display. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Choosing which file types to display in Drive.

Just click a file type and Drive limits what it shows to include only files that meet the criteria. When you later want to choose a different file type (or display them all), click the X in the search box, which appeared when you first chose the file type. (The X replaced the down-arrow at the right side of the search box.)

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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