Search in Google Drive is getting a significant update today that adds autocorrect and Natural Language Processing search. NLP allows users to look for files in a more natural and informal manner, just like with “Ok Google” on mobile. Additionally, Docs is getting a new Columns feature and the ability to download converted documents in their original file format…

Today’s update allows you to search for more than just file names and words in documents. With Natural Language Processing, users can search the way they naturally talk. For instance, “find my budget spreadsheet from last December” takes into account file type and date, while “show me presentations from Anissa” surfaces shared files. Specifically, Drive will convert your natural query into specific terms that you can click into.

Drive is also adding autocorrect that suggests corrections to misspelled searches. You’ll see a list of “Did you mean” terms just under the search bar just like on Google Search. Both features are so far only available on the web, with NLP results improving the more you search.

Users often upload files in different formats that Google automatically converts. The Revision History will now keep the original file format and make it available for users to download. This feature is also limited to the web and can be found for Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Additionally, Docs now allows you to quickly add multiple columns to text documents.


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