In short: Anyone with access to Google Drive knows the service is good, but not great. It does what it was designed to do – it stores your extra files – but the user interface and search functionality are far from perfect. However, this is about to change: Drive’s search and filtering tools are getting some notable quality of life improvements that testers can try out right now.
In his Blog announcements post, Google admits that the current Drive search feature is inadequate. As the company notes, when searching for a file whose exact name you can’t remember, you can enter a few more vague keywords such as “marketing plan” or even “cat video.”
However, depending on the size and variety of content on your Drive, these searches often lead to a long and frustratingly wide list of files and folders that you cannot hope to browse. I have personally come across Drive’s search tools on more than one occasion and I only use about 90GB of free space.
To alleviate these difficulties, Google is launching a beta feature called “Search Chips,” which is nearly identical (functionally and aesthetically) to Gmail’s filters. When you search for a file in Drive (and Only then), you will see a row of buttons appear above the results. They allow you to sort results by file type, “people” (presumably contributors), “last modified” date, and “tasks.”
These buttons should help you more accurately tailor the results and prevent the appearance of irrelevant files. It will probably take a while for the changes to take effect for everyone, but once they are there, they will probably be quite useful.
If you don’t want to wait for the official rollout, Google has opened beta registration. by this link… The company says subscriptions are simply a way to “express interest” in the beta, so it is possible that only a select subset of users will have access.