Search the contents of files on

Full-text search allows you to search beyond the names of your files. It scans file names, extensions, and file contents, as well as Paper docs, to help you find what you’re looking for.

Full text search is:

  • Not case sensitive.
  • Includes personalized spell correction on your search queries.
  • Only available on Dropbox Business accounts, or on a Plus or Basic account that is paired with a Business account.
  • Only available in certain languages. If you use Dropbox in a language other than English, and you do not see full-text search, then the feature is not yet available in your language.

To use full-text search:

  1. Sign in to
  2. Enter the word or file extension you’re looking for in the search bar.

If any file or folder names match your search terms, they appear in the drop-down search results. If no file names match your search terms, click Search for '[search term]' in my Dropbox from the drop-down search bar to be taken to the full-text search results.

Because you’ve searched the actual file contents—not just the name—the results shown may not look relevant at first glance. Click a file to preview it, and you’ll see that it might be just what you’re looking for.

If you’re searching for a deleted file, scroll to the bottom of the results to view files that match your search criteria.

Learn how to recover deleted files.

Searchable file types

Dropbox can search the contents of the following file types:

  • .doc
  • .docx
  • .docm
  • .ppt
  • .pptx
  • .pptm
  • .xls
  • .xlsx
  • .xlsm
  • .pdf
  • .rtf
  • .txt
  • Paper docs
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