Google today announced that, over the next couple of days, they'll be rolling out a refresh to the documents list, aimed to make it more useful to find, explore and share all your files stored 100% on the web.
- A number of filters are added, making it easier to narrow search by type, visibility state, and other criteria. Also added priority sorting as a option in all views. And you can still use other sort orders like Last Modified Date or by Name.
- A new preview panel on the right side of the document list lets you see a preview thumbnail, sharing settings and more at a glance. And if the file is a video, you can start playing it directly from the preview panel or from the recently announced video player.
- To make it easier to view photos, you can now click on the magnifying glass on a photo to open a full screen slide-show viewer.
- A new view called 'Home' is added. The contents of the Home view are controlled by you so that the content you access the most often is easier to get to. You can remove files from the Home view by right clicking the file and selecting Don't show in home to hide them. And when you need them, these files can always be found later by selecting All items or using search.
- Collections have replaced Folders in the left navigation bar -- designed to combine the best features of labels and folders. A file can live in multiple collections, just like with Gmail labels. Collections can also be stored hierarchically, just like folders on your desktop. And of course, collections can be shared, just like you can share docs.
New filter for "Collections" is added to the "More options" so you can find collections faster.
- Also streamlined the interface. For e.g., instead of using checkboxes to select multiple files, you can just use your Shift or Control (Cmd on Macs) keys.
- Details Pane: For those who pointed out that the new details pane doesn't work on smaller screens or you simply want to hide it, Google is going to make the details pane collapsible in the next few week
- Search: While in the new "Home" view, search results focus only on items in Home. If you'd like to search across all your stuff, you'll need to switch to "All Items" and search in there. To help clarify, starting next week, Google will be including a message at the top of the search results that'll provide a link to "Search All Items" instead of just the current location.