PowerSearching Your Google Drive

It’s probably because I’m changing schools, but I’m currently obsessed with finding efficient ways to manage and transfer ownership of Google Docs. To be fair, I really started thinking about it at ASB Unplugged in 2012 when I had an awesome conversation with Jeff Plaman, Simon May, Aaron Metz and Andrew McCarthy about “exit strategies” for teachers. But I digress…

About three weeks ago it started with this:

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As with most things Google, @jayatwood quickly joined the conversation and he offered some great tips for PowerSearching within Google Drive:

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Thanks to Jay and a bit of interneting, I quickly discovered how to find documents owned by me and shared to another specific person:

Search Google Drive

It was useful, but it still didn’t answer an important question:

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I think I just found the answer. The key is in the difference between “Private” and “Not shared”. As best as I can tell, “Private” means that it has been shared to a specific list of individuals (as opposed to anybody in your domain or anybody in your domain with link) and “Not shared” means, well, not shared. So, by using this search

GDocs Search

 

I’m able to call up all the documents that I own and have ever shared with any specific individuals and can then transfer ownership as needed!

What other Google Drive tricks have you found?

 

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