Using the Search function in OneDrive

One of the advantage of having your personal files in OneDrive is that you have the capabilities of the Office 365 search engine when it comes to finding data. You’re not just restricted to searching for file names, either. The search indexes the content of the files, and gives you a powerful search experience. Here’s how you can use it to find your data quickly…

Go into Office 365 (, and navigate to your OneDrive area. Once there, you should see a Search Everything field in the upper left corner:


Start typing in your search term. Once you stop typing, you’ll get a pop-up box showing you a small number of top search results. To get more search results, you can either hit Enter after typing your search term, or click on the See More Results link at the bottom of the search results:


When you get your full search results back, you’ll also have a Filters panel on the right side of the browser window. That will allow you to narrow down the age of the files being returned in the search, as well as selecting what file type(s) you’re wanting to see. You can also narrow down the search results by the person who authored the document:


In this example, I wanted to only get PowerPoint files in my search results. When I clicked the checkbox next to PowerPoint file types, my list instantly changed to only show me that type of file:



  1. After selecting PPT files only, is it possible to download them simultaneously? I cannot see a download button. How can I do this?


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