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Thursday, May 14, 2009

TweetThis! Gmail - Using Advanced search

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Advanced search operators are query words or symbols that perform special actions in Gmail search. These operators allow you to find what you're looking for quickly and accurately. They can also be used to set up filters so you can organize your inbox automatically. Some of the most useful operators are listed below.

You can also use advanced search operators by clicking on Show search options beneath the Gmail search box.

from:Used to specify the senderExample - from:amy
Meaning - Messages from Amy
to:Used to specify a recipientExample - to:david
Meaning - All messages that were sent to David (by you or someone else)
subject:Search for words in the subject lineExample - subject:dinner
Meaning - Messages that have the word "dinner" in the subject
ORSearch for messages matching term A or term B*
*OR must be in all caps
Example - from:amy OR from:david
Meaning - Messages from Amy or from David
Used to exclude messages from your searchExample - dinner -movie
Meaning - Messages that contain the word "dinner" but do not contain the word "movie"
label:Search for messages by label*
*There isn't a search operator for unlabeled messages
Example - from:amy label:friends
Meaning - Messages from Amy that have the label "friends"Example - from:david label:my-family
Meaning - Messages from David that have the label "My Family"
Search for messages with an attachmentExample - from:david has:attachment 
Meaning - Messages from David that have an attachment
list:Search for messages on mailing listsExample - list:info@example.com 
Meaning - Messages with the words info@example.com in the headers, sent to or from this list
filename:Search for an attachment by name or typeExample - filename:physicshomework.txt
Meaning - Messages with an attachment named "physicshomework.txt"
Example - label:work filename:pdf
Meaning - Messages labeled "work" that also have a PDF file as an attachment
" "
Used to search for an exact phrase*
*Capitalization isn't taken into consideration
Example - "i'm feeling lucky"
Meaning - Messages containing the phrase "i'm feeling lucky" or "I'm feeling lucky"
Example - subject:"dinner and a movie"
Meaning - Messages containing the phrase "dinner and a movie" in the subject
( )
Used to group words
Used to specify terms that shouldn't be excluded
Example - from:amy(dinner OR movie)
Meaning - Messages from Amy that contain either the word "dinner" or the word "movie"
Example - subject:(dinner movie)
Meaning - Messages in which the subject contains both the word "dinner" and the word "movie"
in:anywhereSearch for messages anywhere in Gmail*
*Messages in Spam and Trash are excluded from searches by default
Example - in:anywhere movie 
Meaning - Messages in All MailSpam, and Trash that contain the word "movie"
Search for messages in Inbox,Trash, or SpamExample - in:trash from:amy
Meaning - Messages from Amy that are in Trash
Search for messages that are starred, unread or readExample - is:read is:starred from:David
Meaning - Messages from David that have been read and are marked with a star
Used to specify recipients in the cc:or bcc: fields*
*Search on bcc: cannot retrieve messages on which you were blind carbon copied
Example - cc:david 
Meaning - Messages that were cc-ed to David
Search for messages sent during a certain period of time*
*Dates must be in yyyy/mm/dd format.
Example - after:2004/04/16 before:2004/04/18 
Meaning - Messages sent between April 16, 2004 and April 18, 2004.*
*More precisely: Messages sent after 12:00 AM (or 00:00) April 16, 2004 and before April 18, 2004.
is:chatSearch for chat messagesExample - is:chat monkey
Meaning - Any chat message including the word "monkey".
deliveredto:Search for messages within a particular email address in the Delivered-To line of the message headerExample - deliveredto:username@gmail.com
Meaning - Any message with username@gmail.com in the Delivered-To: field of the message header (which can help you find messages forwarded from another account or ones sent to an alias).

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