In Google Drive, searching by visibility, my options are:

  • Public
  • Anyone with a link
  • Private
  • Not shared

None of these options allow me to search all files shared to specific people only (i.e. shared to other Google users but not public or "with a link").

I've shared files to specific people over the years and would like to clean it up. This filter would make that task magnitudes easier.

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  • What do you mean by anyone? – darnir Aug 10 '12 at 14:15
  • I mean any files that are shared. I'll update the question to be more descriptive. – Orange Kid Aug 10 '12 at 14:48
  • This question isn't quite accurate anymore. The new Google Drive search does not provide an option to search by visibility, and doesn't provide options like 'Anyone with a link'. – Stefan Lasiewski Jan 15 '16 at 1:42

While in Google Drive. You can type in the search bar:

to: Documents shared to someone


This will find all documents shared to an individual. Leaving it blank like this --


will show all documents shared to anyone.

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  • I believe that to: acts as no filter at all. In my tests searching on to: finds files that are not shared with anyone. – Daniel Williams Jan 7 '15 at 4:51
  • This answer is no longer correct. I believe it stopped working since a major Google Drive update in 2015. – Stefan Lasiewski Jan 15 '16 at 1:34

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