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What's the fastest way to find an ad by its Creative ID?

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I need to be able to quickly surface an ad by Creative ID from within AdWords. I have a list of ads by ID that are not performing well that I exported from Google Analytics. I want to surface each ad by ID and see the history, make adjustments, decisions, etc.


The Search box in AdWords doesn't have "Creative ID" as a Filter so typing the ad id in that box doesn't work. I have added a column Ad ID in the ads tab view. There are 25k ads in my account. I can't view through them all 500 ads per page using the browser CTRL-F function seaching for the ad ID. I also looked in AdWords Editor - Ad ID isn't a column you can choose to view.


I have the ad ID. I should just be able to type the ad ID number and surface the ad instantly.


Anyone got a better way? What am I overlooking?




Matt Biskup

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Re: What's the fastest way to find an ad by its Creative ID?

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Hi Matt,

Yes, you can download all ads in CSV (Including the Ad ID) from AdWords then you can use the V-Look Up Function of Excel. In this way you can find all ads, where you need to work around.
But I am not sure, how much this process is helpful for you.
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What's the fastest way to find an ad by its Creative ID?

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The fastest way is to click "Ads" tab (Choose "Ads" tab at any level you need such as the Account level if you have no idea where the ad is, or if you know the ad is in a certain campaign or ad group you can click the "Ads" tab in the corresponding place)


From the Ads tab click:
 "columns" then from the dropdown "modify columns" . In "Modify columns" add the "ad id" field from the "attributes" section.


Simply Find/ search the Ad Id Number you have by using "Ctrl F" (PC) or "Command F" (Mac) and pasting the number in the box.

  Your ad will ID will be highlighted on the screen on the line item with the ad example and ad group etc.