I noticed that in my Google Drive, some Markdown files are marked with a blue icon and are indexed:

MD files in Google Drive

Those with the icon of StackEdit (which is no longer even integrated into my Drive) are not indexed and don't even have the option Open With > Google Docs when I right-click them.

What's different about the files? And how do I "fix" all of them to be blue? Missing indexing on most of my text content is a bit of a pain.

  • Are the non-indexed files really Markdown files?
    – freginold
    Commented Feb 18, 2018 at 23:44
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    Yep, all are normal Markdown files that I edit using caret.io editor on my desktop. Commented Feb 18, 2018 at 23:46
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    I've got a very strange observation. All files uploaded by the desktop GDrive app are marked as the StackEdit ones (non-indexed) but when I open the document on my mobile using iA Writer, edit and save, it will be that blue icon. Maybe iA writer somehow set the MD as a text document while GDrive desktop client doesn't? Why would be Google doing that.. Commented Feb 18, 2018 at 23:51
  • Sounds like it's an issue with how different programs save their files. I just made a test Markdown file in Windows Notepad and uploaded it to Drive, and it shows it as a non-indexed (non-blue icon) file that can't be natively opened.
    – freginold
    Commented Feb 18, 2018 at 23:57

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If you look at the file details for the blue-icon Markdown files and the non-blue-icon files, they probably have different file types. Below are two .md files; the first was saved in Windows Notepad and uploaded, and the second was created in Google Docs.

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It seems like different programs save Markdown files different ways. It may just vary depending on the program.

  • Actually, your other file is not a Markdown file: it is a Google Docs document that you named "DriveTest.md", but it will not be downloaded to the desktop as a MD file. In my case, both non-blue and blue are "Text". Commented Feb 19, 2018 at 9:49
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    BTW, found this thread: GDrive used to store Markdown files as "Binary". It no longer does that but the indexing is still broken. productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/drive/… Commented Feb 19, 2018 at 9:49

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