Google Docs > Navigate the Docs List





The Doc list is the first screen in Google docs where all of the files that you own, and that are shared with you, are listed. It can be overwhelming, especially if you are using Google with students. There are several strategies that will help you manage this repository.

Use the filter built into the search box.

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  • Click the down pointing arrow on the right of the search box.
  • The "Advanced Search Options" will appear - use these to narrow what is visible in the Doc List.
  • As you click options, notice that the criteria is accumulative.
  • To remove a criteria, click the "X" to the right of the item.

Star the files that you are currently working on

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  • Using the docs Stars is a good way to quickly retrieve the files that are very important or that you are currently working on.
  • Simply click the star to the left of any doc that you want to highlight.
  • When you want your starred items, click "Starred" on the top left of the sidebar.


Click "Home" to reset your Doc list

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Collections are like folders, they organize your Docs

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  • Collections are a simple way to organize files.
  • There are two groups of collections: "My Collections" and "Collections Shared With Me"
  • Clicking on a collection will show the files organized by that collection in the List and the collection name will be highlighted in red
  • For more on collections, click here.