If you take my Everything Google course at Solo Practice University, you may recall from the Google Docs class that you can set your visibility on your Google Docs from the share button to private, anyone with the link, or public on the web. Public docs are accessible and viewable by anyone on the web. But how, exactly, do you find such public Google Docs?
Google Operating System blog has some tips for you on searching for these elusive public documents. You can’t find them within Docs or Google Drive. But you can via Google search. The post offers these handy queries:
Here are some useful queries that let you find public Google Drive/Docs files (you can append some keywords to the queries):
* [site:docs.google.com/document/d] – find text documents
* [site:docs.google.com/presentation/d] – find presentations
* [site:docs.google.com/drawings/d] – find drawings
* [site:docs.google.com/file/d] – find files: images, videos, PDF files, Microsoft Office documents and more (you should click “repeat the search with the omitted results included” since there are many files with similar titles)
* [site:docs.google.com/folder/d] – find folders (collections of files and other folders)
* [site:docs.google.com/open] – find other documents, folders and files (the links redirect to other URLs)
Public spreadsheets and forms can’t be indexed by search engines.
There you have it. Happy searching!