Finding folders

There are many different ways to see lists of folders. You can sort, filter, switch between different presentations, and search for specific keywords.

About this task

Before you log in, you can see public folders. After you log in, you can find pinned folders, your own folders, folders shared with you, and public folders. To log in, click Log in and start sharing!.

In some folder lists, private folders are marked with a private icon, shared folders are marked with a shared icon, and public folders are marked with a public icon. If a folder is both public and shared with specific people, it is marked with a public icon. If you hover over the icon, help text explains that the folder is public and shared.


  1. Do any one of the following to find folders:
    Option Description

    To find folders you pinned

    Click Pinned Folders in the navigation box.

    To pin a folder, click the thumbtack icon next to the folder.

    To find folders you created

    Click My Folders in the navigation box.

    To find folders people shared with you

    Click Folders Shared With Me in the navigation box.

    These are folders shared by other people specifically with you.

    To find public folders

    Click Public Folders in the navigation box.

    To search by string or using a wildcard character

    Select a folder search category, such as My Folders or Folders Shared With Me. Type characters into the search field such as a folder name, or a string containing the wildcard character *, and then click the search icon.

    Folders matching those characters are returned.

    See Advanced search options for more information

    When searching for a folder by name,  if using 3 or more characters as search string criteria, all folder names that contain the criteria are returned. However, if using 2 or less characters as search string criteria, only folder names that exactly match the search string are returned. To return folder names that contain the search string criteria, regardless of number of characters in the string, append the asterisk (*) wildcard character after the search string criteria.

  2. Do any of the following to further filter or access folders:
    Option Description

    To show folders created by a specific person

    Expand the Created by filter and start typing a name. Click the name when it displays, or click the search icon. This is not available in My Folders.

    To show folders by how they are shared

    Expand the Sharing filter in either the My Folders or Folders Shared With Me lists.


    To show folders you have contributor or owner access to

    Expand the Role filter, and then click contributor or owner.

    To download all the files in a folder

    Click Download This folder to download a compressed file containing all of the files in the folder, including files not on the current page. The compressed file can be a maximum of 4GB.

    If any of the file names you are downloading to the compressed file contain non-English characters, you can use the Global (default) setting. This setting informs the compression program to use UTF-8 characters so that all file name characters can be properly processed during compression. If the file names inside the compressed file are not displayed correctly after choosing the Global (default) setting, click Global (default), specify a language value when prompted, and reprocess the download.

    To receive notifications when changes are made to a folder

    Click Feed for This folder and create a feed reader subscription as prompted.

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