Thursday, November 6, 2014

Search your Google Drive from the Address Bar (omnibox) in Chrome (no add-on required)

If you are like us, you use Google Drive/Docs all the time. We are constantly accessing Google Drive to find and create documents, presentations, spreadsheets, etc. Rather than navigating to Google Drive to perform a search for your stuff, you can search right within the Omnibox (that's Google Chrome's name for the address/URL bar). This may not sound like such a big deal, but this can be a huge timesaver! Here's how to set it up:

Initial Setup- Add Google Drive as a Search Engine

  1. Right-click on the Omnibox (address bar/URL) in Chrome. 

  2. Select Edit Search Engines.

  3. Scroll to the bottom of the search engine list.

  4. Add Google Drive as shown. Give the search engine a name (in this case, we called it "Google Drive"), a keyword (we used "drive"), and then enter the url:
  5. Click the Done button.

Putting it to Use
  1. In the address bar, type "drive" or whatever you used for your keyword when you set this up.

  2. Press the space bar or the tab key.

  3. Then type in your search words and/or parameters.

  4. Then hit the enter/return key. Chrome will open Google Drive in the tab where you performed the search and will search your Drive with the keywords and parameters you stated.