Refine search results in Google Drive with search chips, launching in beta

What’s changing

We’re launching a new beta for Google Drive that will help users refine their search and locate files faster using search chips. This is similar to functionality available in Gmail today. 

This beta will be available for all Google Workspace editions—eligible customers can use this form to express interest in the beta.

See below for more information.

Who’s impacted

Admins and end users

Why you’d use it 

When searching in Drive, users often use a few key words to try and locate the file they’re looking for, such as “marketing plan” or “sales report,” which may return results that are too broad. 

Now, after a query is entered, users can use search chips to surface more relevant results based on:

  • File type, such as a Google Doc, PDF, or image
  • People
  • Location, such as a shared drive or specific folder
  • When the document was last modified
  • File titles only
  • Shared drive labels
  • Tasks
We hope search chips in Drive make it easier to find relevant files faster, eliminating the need to perform multiple searches or sort through irrelevant results.

Getting started

  • Admins: Use this form to express interest in the beta. We’ll begin accepting domains into the program in the coming weeks.

  • End users: If accepted into the beta, search chips will be available by default to users in the Google group(s) provided at sign-up. Simply enter a search query and select one or multiple chips to further drill down results.


  • Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers