How to Find Google Docs Files on Desktop or Mobile

521706 How to Find Google Docs Files on Desktop or Mobile

Google Docs is an incredibly useful tool for creating, editing, and collaborating on documents. However, as you accumulate more files over time, it can become difficult to find a specific document when you need it. Whether you use Google Docs on desktop or mobile, there are some simple ways to easily locate your files.

Searching in Google Drive

The easiest way to find a file is to use the search bar in Google Drive. When you search, it will look at document titles, content, descriptions, labels, and other metadata.

To search on desktop:

  1. Go to
  2. Type keywords into the search bar
  3. Hit enter or click the search icon

On mobile:

  1. Open the Google Drive app
  2. Tap the search bar at the top
  3. Type in keywords
  4. Tap search

You can further filter results by file type, date modified, owner, labels, location in Drive, etc. This makes it easy to narrow down search results.

Using Filters in Google Drive

Another way to easily find files is by using filters on the left side panel in Google Drive. Filters allow you to view only certain file types or files modified within a certain date range.

On desktop:

  1. Go to
  2. Click “Filters” on the left panel
  3. Select filters like “Google Docs” or “Modified in the last month”

On mobile:

  1. Open the Google Drive app
  2. Tap the hamburger menu icon
  3. Tap Filters
  4. Choose desired filters

Leveraging the Folder Structure

Organizing your Google Drive into folders is critical for locating documents quickly. Set up a folder hierarchy that makes sense for how you work.

For example, you may have:

  • A Client folder
    • Client 1 project folder
      • Documents, spreadsheets, presentations
    • Client 2 project folder
  • Personal folder
  • Recipes folder
  • etc.

On desktop or mobile, navigate through the folder structure to access your files.

Searching Within the Google Docs Editors

You can also search for text within Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.

On desktop:

  1. Open a file
  2. Press Ctrl + F on your keyboard
  3. Type in keywords
  4. Use the up and down arrows to navigate through matches

On mobile:

  1. Open a Google Doc file
  2. Tap the 3-dot menu
  3. Choose Find in document
  4. Type keywords
  5. Tap matches to navigate your doc


Finding documents in Google Drive is easy once you know the various search tools available. Leverage searching, filters, folders, and in-document search to quickly locate files. Organizing with a logical folder structure also helps group relevant files together for easy access later. With practice, you can retrieve any file in seconds!

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