Being able to locate specific information in Google's products can help improve your day-to-day workflow. Most power users are probably familiar with Gmail's search operators — keywords that add filters to help you achieve better results. Google Drive also supports operators designed to seek out specific documents, and with today's update, those are becoming more useful than ever. An all-new operator for finding shared files is available to Drive users beginning today, as well as updated versions of some essential search terms.
Several weeks ago, Google rolled out a change to Drive that lets you create shortcuts to files and folders. The feature had been in testing since August 2019, and its goal is to help you better organize shared files and folders without duplicating them, thus saving you storage and reducing the redundancy and confusion when you move things around. However, this seemingly benign improvement has completely ruined shared folders for anyone who syncs Drive locally to their PC or Mac.