Google Drive Search Gets Smarter

Google Drive now features Natural Language Processing (NLP) in order to make it easier to find that particular old spreadsheet or long-lost docs. Taking a page from its Google Assistant playbook, the search box in Drive now lets you search human oriented search queries easily, such as “find my budget spreadsheet from last December” or “show me presentations from Anissa.”
 
 
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Google in its official blog states,
 
“Innovation is critical for business success, so we're constantly trying to build tools that enable our customers to do more. Starting today, you can use Natural Language Processing (NLP) and other new and improved features in Drive search on web to find files easier and faster. You'll also see a couple of highly-requested Google Docs features that have been added based on your feedback (thank you!).”
 
In a classic Google style, the search bar will allow you to translate the query to a more robot-like string, such as “budget Type:Spreadsheet” which is the first example, and presents you with autocomplete suggestions before presenting the results in front of you.
 
Google Drive Product Manage Josh Smith states,
 
“Drive will understand what you mean and give you the option to click for those specific search results. Drive NLP will get better with each query — so keep on searching.”
 
The Google Drive team has also added a few more features which have been requested quite frequently, and includes autocorrect for misspelled search terms, the ability to split documents into multiple columns, and auto-save feature which create a copy of data whenever you are importing and converting non-Google formats.
 
These features are now available, although they will roll out to all users gradually.