Search Gmail and Google Drive together

Since you’re interested in tips about Google Drive, it’s quite probable that you also use Gmail as your email service of choice.

You can use Gmail’s search box to search both places in a single search by making a small change to your Gmail settings.

Go into Gmail and click on the Gear icon at top right of the screen. Select Settings from the menu, then choose the Labs tab. Search for and enable the Apps Search option:

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Now when you enter search terms in Gmail’s search box and carry out a search, any relevant Google Drive documents will be listed beneath the Gmail results:

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Notice something else, too – my search result in the image above (which was for the keyword ‘alpine;) contains not only documents, but a PDF and even an image file, chat.png. Here is that image:

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And there’s the word ‘Alpine’, toward the lower left hand side. Drive has used its inbuilt OCR technology (see this post) to read the contents of these files, too. Cool, or what?