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June 11, 2008

A Dashboard for Google Docs

Google Docs has recently added an option to save advanced searches. Besides showing the list of saved searches in the sidebar, Google Docs creates an iGoogle-like page with containers that include results for each of your saved searches. You can reorder the containers using drag and drop and select the maximum number of results.

Depending on the way you use Google Docs, the dashboard is a great opportunity to group related documents, see a list of recently published documents, display the content of a folder or the documents shared with you by a collaborator.

To create a new container, click on "Show search options", build your query and click on "Save this search". A simple example of container shows all the documents from the "School" folder that have been shared with you:

The customized views can be edit or deleted from the sidebar. While the dashboard can't be configured as a start page, bookmarking is a fast way to access it.


  1. Sorry - not on completely on topic, but ... PDF upload is now available on Gdocs!! Hurray :)

  2. Nice feature! Maybe a little bit hidden. I have made a similar hypothesis few months ago (mockup:

  3. Wow! I'm impressed. Shouldn't get confused with mixed up documents and spreadsheets now!!!

  4. great suggestion; it'd be also good to see the 'directories' as containers.... =D

  5. @Anonymous:
    You can display the most recently modified files from a folder. In advanced search, select a folder from "search folders" and don't use any other restriction.

  6. Thanks for this tip!

    > Sorry - not on completely on topic, but ... PDF upload is now available on Gdocs!!

    I appreciate that one as well !

  7. That is cool and smart. It needs to be un-hidden since it would be a good option for a start page.

  8. blue star web design in tipperary, irelandJune 17, 2008 at 8:34 AM

    this would make for a good start page when logging in at first page