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September 22: How to Search for Publicly Shared Docs, Slides, and Spreadsheets

Searching by file type in Google allows you to refine searches so that you are only finding material in a specific file format. Search for documents (Google Docs, Word), Presentations (Google Slides, PowerPoint), spreadsheets (Google Sheets, Excel), or PDFs. This type of search will lead you or your students to resources you might not have otherwise seen. This is especially helpful for finding educational resources since more and more districts and educators are embracing Google Apps for Education.

Instructions

To search documents:
  • enter site:docs.google.com after your search term
  • enter filetype:doc after your search term


To search presentations:

  • enter site:docs.google.com/presentation/ after your search term
  • enter filetype:ppt after your search term


To search spreadsheets:

  • enter site:docs.google.com/spreadsheets/ after your search term
  • enter filetype:xls after your search term


To search PDFs:

  • enter filetype:pdf after your search term
Google Search Tip: Search by file type