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Search by file name instead of full-text search

Explorer | Level 4

Dropbox 'full-text search' is a powerful and convenient feature. However, as I add more and more files to Dropbox, the 'full-text search' feature is becoming more of a hindrance, especially when I don't want to do a 'deep' search.

For instance, I need to find a file with the name 'Apple' on its name. However, the 'full-text search' returns a huge list of files containing the word 'Apple', and the file I need is buried amongst them. 

I request the Dropbox team to make the 'full-text search' an optional feature. That is, for a casual search, Dropbox should search only the file names. If I want a 'deeper' search, I should be able to select/tick 'full-text search' in the next step.

Thanks!

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New member | Level 2

Daphne, how much more support does this idea need? This isn't the only thread on this forum where it's being discussed. Moreover, I'm not sure how many people realize that this is a function that they've LOST. Previously, we could ONLY search file names, but now with the upgrade, we can search the text within files as well. This seems to have been discussed in different forums here since at least 2018, so I'm guessing one of the reasons it doesn't have more votes is that a lot of people (like me) haven't realized it's missing yet! It's not a feature that I would use that often, but it's such a basic feature that it didn't even occur to me that Dropbox would no longer have it. 

 

Someone on another thread said it best: 

Since the dawn of disk operating systems, the ability to search by name and by partial filename with wildcards has be enshrined. I have come to rely on dropbox but the lack of this simplest of features concerns me and limits the functionality of your cloud and web services.

 

As people store more and more files on dropbox, this will become an even bigger issue for them. I spend several hundred dollars on Dropbox every year, and I've been largely happy with it. It concerns me that this functionality isn't available, but what concerns me a LOT more is that the moderators here seem to be acting like this is some weird, fancy feature, instead of something that has been available to me on every other file storage system I've used - including the old version of Dropbox!

Explorer | Level 4

Very well put seth4!

I hope Dropbox takes note and restores this feature which is a basic necessity. This issue is especially relevant and is a big deterrent for business users who tend to store an innumerable number of files in Dropbox.

Explorer | Level 4

Thanks @seth4 and @mandrake for bringing this back up. As you said, this has been an ongoing request for at least a couple of years. It boggles my mind that a powerful service like Dropbox, which does a great job on many things otherwise, makes it so hard to find what you're looking for. With ~8 TB in our Dropbox for Business account, there's no way I would save all our files locally. If I did, I could rely on the superb MacOS search functionality. But that would defeat much of the reason for using Dropbox. Searching by file name, extension, date range, etc., is so basic, I can't wrap my mind around why Dropbox will not add this simple functionality. We can't even limit the search by including a string of words in quotation marks. The frustration level with this is such that every time I hit a wall I start looking for alternatives to Dropbox — then I think about the hassle of moving so much data, syncing across 30 employees, training, losing our Paper files ... such a heavy lift. Please, Dropbox, please just give us some basic control over searching. Or assemble a working group of Business users and let us develop some guidance for what we need to use your otherwise powerful tool more effectively. Thanks for listening.

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