Solution: Windows not indexing Google Drive folder for easy search though the start menu
This fix works for all versions of Windows (Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10).
Go to the actual folder in its C:\Users\\Google Drive\ (NOT the Google Drive folder listed under ‘FAVOURITES’ which is a shortcut).
Right click ‘Google Drive’ > Security tab > Advanced > Click your username (mine showed ) > Click ‘Change Permissions’ > Check the ‘Include inheritable permissions…’ box > Click ok.
Search indexing of Google Drive should then begin in the background.
After changing these settings in an offending Windows 7 computer, indexing happened almost immediately.
For more information, check out Google’s product forum: