Google Drive search field redesign

For work, I live and breathe Google Drive. Same goes for my consulting work and teaching stuff.

Today, in my fervor to get some work done, I logged on to Google Drive. Lo and behold…things are a¬†bit more tidied up than usual!

  1. There’s a taller search field with a background color of gray, rather than an outline color with a search field of white
  2. There’s a caret in the search field
  3. Lots of callouts of ‘Drive’ as a distinctive property but maybe I’m finally noticing it more (good job…?)
  4. New CTA button color that matches the company logo. Might just be happenstance, or might be that our awesome IT manager has color sense

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Clicking on the caret in the search bar now reveals…

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I think I may have died and gone to advanced search options heaven.

I haven’t had a chance to dig in to it and use it too much but I look forward to using this, especially in cases where I am sharing and collaborating on files with larger teams. Woo!

Search field inception


I can’t tell what the actual experience delta¬†between these two search boxes. Based on the line break, perhaps one is a top-level search of the top-level pages of their website? And then the second search box is anything under training/consulting/reports/articles/etc?

What’s most confusing is this screenshot was actually taken from a SERP (search engine results page). I used the top-level search field to look up a course name, and then this was the resulting page.

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This search field inception makes me feel like this: