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Search for Box Drive content from Explorer/Finder Search

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Roxie Shealy shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
not planned  ·  AdminKyle Williams (Product Manager, Box) responded  · 

We are currently not planning to implement this feature and will continue to prevent all Box Drive results from appearing in Explorer/Finder searches.

Box Drive does not download the all of the metadata (File name, folder structure, etc.) of your Box content. Instead, it is downloaded on demand and then evicted when it is no longer relevant. This eviction process is not visible to users and it is not easily predictable. This would cause the search results in Explorer/Finder to be inconsistent for users – sometimes they would find a file and other times they may not if the metadata and file were evicted.

We have chosen not to download all of the metadata (and then keep it up to date with changes) as this can result in a large performance, storage and bandwidth tax which is not scalable – especially in environments where users interface with millions of files/folders.

We will continue to improve the Box Drive Search experience as well as add in additional features in the future to help you access your Box content quickly!

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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The search function in the box app is horrible, I tried the box app search and the web search and it did not find the right document (was searching for the content).

    PLEASE I BEG YOU, ENABLE SPOTLIGHT SEARCH FOR OFFLINE FILES OR PROVIDE A PROPER SEARCH FUNCTION WITH BOX!!!!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    However files are stored, we need a robust search! The current box drive search is not adequate.

    If files are made available offline, are they then searchable with windows explorer?

    Is the current version of X1 Search (X1 Discovery, Inc.) compatible with box drive?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Seriously, worst decision ever made by the box team to implement the sync as junction point.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Worst decision ever made by the box team to implement the sync as junction point.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    "Search Box" on my desktop is fine if I am already in the folder where the file can be found; however, the whole point of searching for a file is that I don't know which folder to search. I need the search tool to look within subfolders. Box Sync is able to do this. Box Drive is decreasing my productivity and efficiency. If I have to work with Box Drive, at least Box Drive should have all of the tools of Box Sync.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    "we will continue to prevent All Box Drive results from appearing in Explorer/Finder searches" that makes it sound like Box is going out of its way (spending time and money) to remove functionality from the Box Drive software.

    OneDrive currently allows Spotlight to see/index both locally cached files and online only files even ones from shared folders.

    Box Drive's integrated search is not a good solution. It always/only does universal searches. 90% of the time I want to search within a specific folder. There's really no reason to force users to jump to a separate application to perform searches.

  • Darin Johnson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Allow for searching within Mac OSX's Finder. Right now, there is no search capability within folders or Box Drive as a whole within Finder. The description of Box Drive on the Box website implies you can continue to use Mac Finder or Windows Explorer the same way you normally do (and like we can via Box Sync), but that is not the case. Please vote fellow box users!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Kyle, while I understand your argument, I dont understand the heistance to give the users an "option" to sacrifice performance/bandwidth to have this feature. At least, enable it for the files / folders that the user marked for offline use.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a deal breaker for me. I have been a happy Box/Box Sync customer since 2012, but I recently recommended it for a project I am working on and everyone else was forced to download Box Drive instead of Box Sync. They are repeatedly running into glitches and stupidities in the implementation that I have not experienced with Box Sync, and I was mystified until I realized that Box Drive has far inferior features to Box Sync. If Box continues in this direction with a far inferior product I will need to find an alternative for myself, my business, and the collaborations I engage in.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Allow MS File Explorer to search box drive files/folders, offline as a minimum

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a deal-breaker for me (and presumably others in my 100,000+ person org). The previous version of Box Sync supported this necessary feature, and unfortunately the Box search is currently slow and poorly functioning, even on wired links and good hardware.

    I'll advocate with our tech teams to find a solution or find an alternate vendor. Please fix.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The problem is that my company disables file content indexing on Box for security reasons. I imagine this is not uncommon. With Box Sync, I used to be able to search within offline files with windows explorer. I understand the limitation around online files metadata but please enable this for offline files within Box Drive.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Box Drive's MFO feature would be much more useful if it truly mirrored Box Sync's offline behavior. MFO files are currently not searchable in Finder/Spotlight and therefore cannot be used in Automator workflows.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The functionality of the Box Drive search is terrible. Searching for the exact name of a file does not bring it up at all. The ability to search from Windows is absolutely critical. I would not recommend Box Drive to anyone as it is essentially broken in this state.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is really critical.
    The absence of this feature makes me want to leave Box !

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    For Macs, I definitely need Spotlight to work with the files that are synced to the hard drive, just the way Box Sync used to work. The Box Search functionality is weak -- there are no keywords like name:foo or ways to differentiating between searching within the file (can Box Search even search inside files?) vs. searching for the name of the file. When you have a lot of files, you rely on search to find them.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @Pascal Vuylsteker: I completely agree! Moreover, when looking for files, I don't want to search in the whole team drive of our office, but only search for the files that are available offline and locally saved on my computer.

    If integration of Spotlight (mac) is impossible, then add at least an option which allows the user to choose between "whole box search" and "offline files search only".

  • Pascal Vuylsteker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The Box answer is definitely not satisfying. For those who have multiple hierarchies of files some in Box, some in Google, some in Dropbox, some only locally, we can not check all the specific tools. The interest of Spotlight is that its searches very well everywhere at the same time

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Currently: Windows search tools does not yield files from one's Box Drive. Users must use Box Drive's search tool.

    Desired: Utilize Windows search tools to display content from Box Drive.

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