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Newbie: Indexing Google Drive

  1. #1

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro

    Newbie: Indexing Google Drive


    I have searched this forum, and "the web" and cannot find a post that describes this problem - which I am amazed because I would have thought this had been encountered many time before and has a straightforward solution. I am assuming I have posted this in the correct section of this forum. Please do not get on a high horse if I have missed something. I am only asking for help and have got stuck.

    I have downloaded and installed Windows 8 Pro yesterday. I have found the way to quickly get past the ghastly Metro interface back to a desktop by pressing Windows-D.

    I want to be able to search GoogleDrive that is visible in the Explorer menu.

    I have got as far as opening the Win8 "indexing Options" dialog and the various instructions I have found tell me to click on the "Advanced" button. However, that button has a shield next to it and clicking has no effect.

    I have activated the "hidden" windows 8 Administrator account (with the help of other online information) and still I cannot select indexing options>Advanced button. The button again has a blue and yellow shield next to it - which I understood to mean I need administrator privileges to run that command / option - but I believe I am in the "Administrator" account when trying this. Maybe there is another "Administrator" account?

    I want to emphasise this is all about indexing GoogleDrive so the folder can be searched through Windows Explorer - ideally with a content search.

    Interestingly, the Dropbox extension to Explorer is searchable by any string that appears in a file name, without an setup required.


    Clive Long

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  2. #2

    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

    Hello Clive,

    I also encountered this problem, but I found a solution. It is not an indexing problem, it's an security problem. Here is what I did to fix this:
    1. Go to your Documents folder.
    2. Right click the Google Drive Folder, select Properties.
    3. Go to the Security tab.
    4. Click on the Edit... button.
    5. Click on the Add... button.
    6. Type in "Users", click Ok, then Ok again, and Ok again. Now try and search, you should be able to now.

    Here is a picture for better explanation and proof: (I used black marker to remove my username)

    Click image for larger version

    Hope this helps
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  3. #3

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro

    Thanks Guildmaster for a rapid and easy to follow response. It all works and even the contents of Dropbox files are indexed resulting in a much more powerful search. Clive
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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