05/07/2019

How to search Gmail

If you have used Gmail from Google for any length of time, you realize how powerful being able to search all your email is in less than a second. Many people don't even organize their email at all and just let the Google-brain help you search all email you have ever received or sent. Most people's mailboxes as a result look like a hodge podge of read, unread, drafts and even notes to themselves. Searching Gmail by keywords works, but there are a lot better ways to pinpoint a specific set of emails or just even one email with handy search operators. Just like searching Google, your Gmail can be searched with a variety of operators.

Here are our favourites:

Searching for an email from someone by name or email

from: <name>

or

from: <email address>

 

Searching for an email that was cc'd or bcc'd to someone

cc: <name>

or

bcc: <email address>

 

Searching for a message with a word, but not another word

dinner -movie

or

"I want this sentence" -notthisword

 

Searching for a message with an attachment

has:attachment

 

Searching for a message with an attachment with a certain filetype or name

filename:pdf

or

filename:myfile.txt

Searching for a message that is unread, snoozed

is:starred

or

is:read is:starred

 

Searching for a message sent before or after a date

after:2018/01/10

or

before:2010/06/07

or

after:2017/01/01 before:2017/12/31

Searching for a messages of a certain size (in bytes of MB), useful for removing large emails!

size:1000000

or

larger:10M

or

smaller:1M

 

You can also combine these operators together to form a very powerful way to pinpoint your search. Armed with search operators you are an advanced Gmail ninja!

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