I have been using Google Drive for several years. At this moment, I have a very robust folder structure there, with many files of various types, altogether more than 13 GB. Now I need to search my Drive for all .gdoc and .gsheet files. With so many files on my Drive, it is almost impossible to do it manually. I know how to search Google Drive for all "text documents" (or for all "spreadsheets") but this gives me also all .docx, .odt, .txt and so on (.xlsx, .ods and so on) files. This is not what I want, I need to filter only .gdoc and .gsheet files.

  • After doing some cursory testing, have you tried using a NOT operator in your search and exempt .xlsx, .docx, etc? For instance, type:document brings up Google Docs as well as .docx files. Using type:document NOT *.doc OR *.docx removed Word docs from the search results.
    – Brian
    Commented Nov 24, 2016 at 18:23
  • Thank you, this workaround worked. Just for amusement, I had to type these two commands: "type:spreadsheet NOT *.xlsx NOT *.xls NOT *.ods" and "type:document NOT *.docx NOT *.doc NOT *.pdf NOT *.txt NOT *.odt NOT *.bbl NOT *.blg NOT *.aux NOT *.snm NOT *.out NOT *.nav NOT *.tex NOT *.tcp NOT *.tps NOT *.ipe NOT *.svn-base NOT *.civBeyondSwordWBSave NOT *.spl NOT *.brf NOT *.vrb NOT *.pgn NOT *.ini".
    – Pudl
    Commented Nov 24, 2016 at 19:58
  • Use AND to group things. You can also sync Drive to your computer and then you can search by extension type. It just doesn't run that way on Drive because they're not actually documents.
    – Brian
    Commented Nov 24, 2016 at 20:46

3 Answers 3


There's an updated version of this now. You can search by apps, so you can just put:

app:"Google Sheets" 


app:"Google Docs" 
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    As of december 2017 this does not seem to work.
    – Wytze
    Commented Dec 17, 2017 at 16:04
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    As of January 2019, this works. Try drive.google.com/drive/u/0/search?q=app:%22Google%20Docs%22. Also, you can search for app:"Google Drawings".
    – bers
    Commented Jan 19, 2019 at 14:37
  • Works, and so does type:spreadsheet. Probably the latter will find XLSX and ODS documents as well. Commented Apr 29, 2020 at 2:59

You can use type:spreadsheet in your query.

Works with: spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, image, video, pdf


After some searching, I found out why app:"Google Docs" did not work for me.

You seem to have to type exactly the words it is translates to in your language. I wish to have Google in English, but since I live in the Netherlands, it automatically chooses Dutch as language.

So instead of searching for app:"Google Docs", I have to search for app:"Google Documenten" and then it finds everything.

If you click the arrow near the search box, and click on Types, you can see the names of the extensions in your native language (so Documenten for Dutch)

Then you type app:"Google 'thing in your native language you want'" So for example:

  • app:"Google Documenten"
  • app:"Google Presentaties"
  • app:"Google Spreadsheets"

for Dutch.

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