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There’s a folder with a file named “Physio_Invoice_June21_img001.jpg” and typing "Physio" into the search bar at the top turns up nothing. Why is this? I tried using regular expressions (including *) but it didn't help. How do I search when I only know part of the file name, and want to search all of my Google Drive?

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  • If you change _ to - in the actual filename do you get the same result? – Eight Days of Malaise Jul 28 '15 at 17:25
  • That's a pretty lousy search if you already need to know the file name – Celeritas Jul 28 '15 at 17:47
  • If your file was Physio-Invoice-June21-img001.jpg it might turn up if you search for "invoice" or "physio" since the underscore joins the words together differently than a hyphen – Eight Days of Malaise Jul 28 '15 at 17:51
  • I don't know the answer to your question, but I have a work-around. If you sync with the file system on your computer, you could use File Locator Lite, a lovely little program: mythicsoft.com/filelocatorlite – aparente001 Jul 29 '15 at 1:50
  • @Celeritas: Add more details to your question like how do you uploaded the jpg file to Google Drive an screenshot showing the jpg file inside the corresponding folder. – Rubén Jul 29 '15 at 23:47

Short answer

Something weird is happening.


AFAIK, Google Drive search work fine for partial file name searching, so I tried to reproduce the problem, but I can't.

What I did was:

  1. I googled [jpg], selected an image,
  2. saved it with the name given in the question1,
  3. uploaded to Google Drive2.
  4. Then I searched Physio.

The result was

Drive Search results

As you can see, the Google Drive search returned the file, as was expected, without using search operators or wildcards.


1: Physio_Invoice_June21_img001.jpg
2: Used drag from the desktop and drop to http://drive.google.com opened in Chrome.

  • How do you get it to search inside folders for files of that name? – Celeritas Jul 29 '15 at 23:28
  • @Celeritas I already told step by step what I did. I applied numbered list format to make it clear. By the other hand by default, Google Drive search search inside folders. – Rubén Jul 29 '15 at 23:37
  • @Celeritas there is a box you can type in just to the right of the Google logo. It has "Search Drive" written in it in light gray letters. – aparente001 Jul 30 '15 at 5:14

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