How to Search Large Files on Google Drive

Are you aware of searching large files in Google Drive? Follow this tutorial to find large files in Google Drive.

Google Drive is a popular cloud storage service and it is free to use, also offers 15GB of free storage without any hidden charge. Google Drive provides different methods to sort files and documents using different filters.

When dealing with large files for uploading in cloud storage, it will be difficult to look for the large ones that have to be deleted to get space back. Here you can try different methods to do this. Here is the list of ways you can do it and see the changes with the files.

How to Check Storage in Google Drive?

If you want to find large files in Drive, the process is simple. Follow the below steps to do so.

  • Open Google Drive from your preferred browser.
  • Enter your credentials to access the Drive. 
  • Once logged in, you can see the Storage option in the left navigation.
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  • This will show you how much space it has taken in the whole Drive application.
  • You can click the arrow beside the storage used to sign on the right side to arrange the items in an ascending or descending order. 

This is how you can see the storage space in the Google Drive application.

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How to Check the Details of a File/Folder on Google Drive?

You can check the details of the particular file or folder and its system properties which describe the name, date added, type, etc. Check the below steps to do so.

  • Open the Google Drive application from your preferred browser.
  • Enter your credentials to access the Drive.
  • Click on the particular file to see if to want to know the details by right-clicking on it.
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  • A window will pop out from the right side, which has the details about the file such as access, type, location, owner, and dates on which it was modified, created, and last opened.

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Where are the Recent Files Stored on Google Drive?

There is a tab for the recent files or folders opened by you on Drive. Check out the below steps to do so.

  • Open the Google Drive application from the website google.com from your preferred browser.
  • Enter your credentials to access the Drive.
  • Once logged in, click the Recent tab on the side menu.
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  • This will open up a new window where recently edited files or files opened by you will show up. You can switch between a grid or a list view.
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This is how you can see Recent activity in the Google Drive application.

How to Generate a Public Link for Large Files on Google Drive?

You can generate public links for a file, document, or folder that can used by a user who has the link.

  • Move to the Google Drive website at drive.google.com from your preferred browser.
  • Enter your credentials to access the Drive.
  • Select the file by right-clicking on it click the Share and Copy link.
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  • A new dialog box will open up where you will see a button labeled Restricted by default. Click on it and choose Anyone with the link.
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  • Wait a few seconds till the permissions are updated, and copy the link. 

You can also change the access level of people who use this link by switching between commenter, viewer, or editor modes. 

How to Perform an Advanced Search on Google Drive?

If you are looking for a specific item and are unable to find it in the traditional method, you can use the advanced search option in Drive to select your choices. Follow the below steps to do so.

  • Move to the Google Drive website at drive.google.com from your preferred browser.
  • Enter the credentials to access the application.
  • Once you are logged in, click on the search bar at the top of the window and select Advanced search. 
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  • The search bar will extend downwards and display a lot of options such as the folder’s type, owner, name,  what words it has in it, location, date modified, and a lot more. 
  • After you are done adjusting the parameters to your liking, click on Search. 

Can I Create Shortcuts on My Google Drive?

You can create shortcuts for any file on your Drive and also for files shared with you. They act as pointers for folders or files placed in other locations. Follow the steps mentioned below to do that. 

  • Open the Google Drive application from the website google.com with your preferred browser.
  • Enter your credentials to access the Drive.
  • Choose the file you want to add to the shortcuts to drive.
  • Click on Add shortcut.
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  • You can then select the location where you want to place the shortcut in the Drive.

Conclusion

I trust this tutorial helps out with various features related to Google Drive and how it should be used. Follow all the methods from your end and check how things work.

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