Web Applications Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for power users of web applications. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I would like to search my Google Docs for documents which I have published, but I don't see a way to search for or sort by this characteristic. This is different from documents which I have shared with collaborators or viewers. I want to see documents which I have published to a public docs.google.com URL.

How can I search for documents which are published?

share|improve this question
Doesn't shared by me offer this feature ? – phwd Jul 9 '10 at 15:36
@phwd - no, this doesn't actually return published documents. Weird, they only offer me "Private (not shared)", "Shared by me", "Shared with me" and "Shared with everyone in my domain" in the search options. Published would be a very sensible option to have there! – x3ja Jul 13 '10 at 3:49
up vote 1 down vote accepted

When you click on search options next to the search button, one of the filter options is "search". Change the drop down to "Owned by me". Then change the "Sharing" drop down to "shared by me". That should show you all items you own that you've shared - hence items you've published.

share|improve this answer
A work around - but the only solution as far as I can tell. Upvote. – mike the mike Jul 13 '10 at 21:49
This does most of what I want - thank you! Unfortunately, future readers of this answer should know that currently, the "Search" dropdown with options "All Items; Owned by me; Starred; Hidden; Trash" is hideously broken. "All items" in that drop-down does not mean "all items," and "Owned by me" doesn't mean "all items owned by me" - both exclude things that show up in the "Hidden" category. Is it too much to ask that "all" mean "all," Google? – Brighid McDonnell Aug 29 '10 at 22:30

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.