I noticed I have a file (propably more) that I can find it by searching, and it tells me its in the Shared with me location, but when I go to the Shared with me the file is not there.

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I tried using a Apps Script and the file is found when searching by its name

var files = DriveApp.searchFiles('title contains "NameOfTheFile"');

But is not found when searching like this

var files = DriveApp.searchFiles('title contains "NameOfTheFile" and SharedWithMe = true');

I'm the owner of the file, so i'm not sure why the file is listed in the Shared with me location, and I think that is the main problem, because the file probably isn't really shared with me.

But if that's the case how can I get the list of all files that are on the Shared with me location but are not really shared with me?

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    To be clear, Apps script is not offtopic on SO. However, your question is not about apps script itself, but about Google drive user interface, which is appropriate here.
    – TheMaster
    Oct 13, 2022 at 12:21
  • Well, I think it envolves both. I posted Apps Script code and what happened when using Apps Script. What should I do? Post on boths? EDIT: I Undeleted on SO. Kind of new using SO when asking questions. Oct 13, 2022 at 13:05
  • How "it tells" you that the file is in Shared with me? Oct 13, 2022 at 21:02
  • By the way, using Google Drive terminology, files that you own aren't shared with you, in other words you can't share files owned by account A with account A. Do you have more than one account using the same name? Oct 13, 2022 at 21:06
  • I understand that, that's I think thats the reason that file is not showing when I click the Shared With Me and using SharedWithMe = true on the Apps Script. Added image to the post to show the file on the Shared With Me location. Oct 13, 2022 at 23:48

1 Answer 1


It's very likely that "Shared with me" is the default value for files that aren't located in My Drive , Shared Drive or folder within them. Perhaps your file is an orphaned file. Just move the file to My Drive a Shared Drive or a folder.


  • Thats it! Thank you very much! Oct 14, 2022 at 17:04

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