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2011

Useful Email Search Queries on Gmail

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emails search on gmailGmail gives you the opportunity to store as many emails and attachments as you want on its account. That’s why it is important to know the best email search queries and shortcuts to use on your Gmail! In fact, with such a big storage limit, there is a more than real and substantial risk to loose your most important emails and files attached to them. This brief guide will show you for example, how to use quick Gmail  “operators” which will let you find whatever email you want based on the parameter you specified! In this way it will be even possible for you not to label your email (in case you are lazy) because from a single word or a small sentence you will be able to recover whole email discussions, sender’s names, email addresses and relatives files! Before starting you’ll have to login to your Gmail account. Right after that, in order to use shortcuts and operators, you will have to type directly into the search field located on the upper left side of your Gmail account.

Search Gmail emails for attachments

If you have lost an attachment among hundreds of file attachments in your Gmail account, you can use these useful operators to retrieve it. Keep in mind that in order to refine your search you will need something to start with, such as an email address, file extension or file name!

  1. has: attachment : This command will let you search ALL attachment in your account.
  2. filename: txt : It will search all file attachment having .txt extension. Of course, you can replace txt with whatever extension you wish such as  Jpeg (photos and pictures), Wmv (videos) Pdf (pdf files) etc.
  3. You can even be more specific by asking your Gmail to show only a file with a specific file name and file extension such as: Mymusic.mp3 for example.

Search Gmail emails addresses

  1. to: john doe : This command will search all emails sent from john doe (or relative email ID).
  2. to: johndoe@hotmail.com : This operator instead will search all emails sent to johndoe@hotmail.com email address (or relative email ID).
  3. from: john doe This command will search all emails received from john doe (or relative email ID).
  4. from: johndoe@hotmail.com This operator instead will search all emails received to johndoe@hotmail.com email address (or relative email ID).

Search Gmail emails

  1. in:inbox This operator will let you search emails in your inbox folder. You can add other operator to further refibe your search. Here is an enlightening example: in:inbox from: johndoe@hotmail.com
  2. is:read This command will search among your read emails.
  3. By using the IN and IS commands you will be able to refine your searches by adding specific folders or specific emails. As usual some example will make the whole thing clearer: in:spam, is:starred, in:trash from: johndoe@hotmail.com, is:unread from: johndoe@hotmail.com

Other Gmail searches

  1. label: This emails search query will let you search among specific labeled email. Example: label: yellow_label from: johndoe@hotmail.com
  2. subject: This email search operator will search specific words or sentences contained in the subject of your emails. Example: label: yellow_label from: johndoe@hotmail.com subject: how are you?
  3. I. is:chat This command will help you search chat messages.



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