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Gmail Search Operators

I follow @GoogleAtWork on twitter and they twittered This link that shows how to use search operators in Gmail. I was shocked. This has changed my world. This link to see them all. I’m going to talk about a few that I’m going to start using.

“from:elliot filename:pdf” shows all messages from Elliot that have a pdf attachment

“from:eliot has:attachment” shows all messages from Elliot that have any attachment

“from:eliot in:anywhere” Shows all messages from Elliot that are in any folder trash, spam, sent…

I really like the in: feature normally I have to switch to that mailbox then do a search this way I can do all my searches from my inbox. (in:trash, in:spam)

Is:unread This shows me all my unread email

after:2004/04/16 before:2004/04/18 Messages sent between April 16, 2004 and April 18, 2004.*

If you start using labels more and/or you use Gmail to check several email address like I do the label operator is invaluable.

[tags]google, gmail, gmail operators[/tags]

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  • Ritesh June 14, 2009, 11:25 pm

    This is slightly OT, but it cuts to the heart of GMail’s searching capability. I was using GMail a lot until I realized that GMail doesn’t search the contents of attachments. I don’t know about the rest of you, but that puts a serious crimp in its usefulness, at least in terms of being my primary email client. I need to be able to find those document

  • Adam August 31, 2009, 4:45 am

    Well i think these search operators seems quite helpful in saving a lot of time, i use check with labels and move to option, but i think for my web hosting link building campaign, i have to contact a lot of web master, in response i receive a lot email, after having deal i use to make it starred, but still it was confusing, as you cant see a specific email among the stared one directly. So in short it worth visiting your page, these operators seems very useful.

  • Ken September 21, 2009, 10:00 pm

    Yeah, they are really good though I don’t use much operators within Gmail and rely on searching emails hehe but for Google Search, yes I do use it and very recently I found out on Google’s help that it has a calculator in it as well hehe.

    Just type the numbers in the search field for e.g. : 35 + 25 and hit Enter, it will give you the sum of both.

    There are many such features available but I don’t remember the link, but I found it in Google help.


    Ken Lowman

  • clark May 28, 2010, 10:39 pm

    I did a search for “Houston Electrician” earlier in the day without being logged in. Later on I did a search for “Houston Doctor”. This is when I got this result. I’m pretty sure the electricians are not advertising for “Houston Doctor”. I opened IE and logged out of Google and did the same search and did not get those results. I went back to Firefox did the same search and still got the electricians. I then searched for “houston doctor” several times in IE and never got the electricians. I then did a search for “houston electrician” and then did a search for “houston doctor” and got the electrician ads this time.