Google Drive includes powerful search features to help you locate specific files by MIME type.

Multi-purpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) is an Internet standard which originally enabled the support of various document types in email. Now MIME types are used more generally as an Internet media type (a standard identifier used to indicate the type of data that a file contains)

We can use MIME types in Drive searches to narrow down the types of documents returned. You can mix MIME type search terms with more general ones like part of a filename or keyword inside a document.

Some example MIME type search terms which can be used in a Drive Search are:

Search Result
type:application/ Google Apps Script
type:application/msword All Microsoft Word documents
type:application/ All Microsoft Excel documents
type:application/pdf All PDFs
type:application/zip All zip files
type:image/jpeg (or gif or bmp etc) All JPG images
type:audio/mpeg All mp3 files
type:video/mpeg All mpeg videos

In the image above you can see our example which searches for a file of type PDF and containing the word features.

Give them a try in your Google Drive and post your favourite search term in the comments below.