Search the contents of files on dropbox.com

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 isn't case sensitive, and it includes personalized spell correction on your search queries.

Full text search is available to customers on the following plans:

  • Dropbox Professional
  • Dropbox Business
  • Dropbox Basic or Plus, if that account is paired with a Dropbox Business account

Note: Full-text search is only available in certain languages. If you use Dropbox in a language other than English, and you don't see full-text search, then the feature isn't yet available in your language.

Use full-text search

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  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 dropdown search bar. You'll be taken to the full-text search results.

Note: Since you're searching the actual file contents—not just the file name—the results shown may not look relevant at first glance. Click a file to preview it to see if it's what you were 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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