Handy Gmail search techniques


Amplify’d from email.about.com
    • after: – Search for messages sent after a date. The date must be given in YYYY/MM/DD format.
      Example: “after:2005/05/05” finds all messages sent or received after (and not including) May 5, 2005.

 

    • before: – Search for messages sent before a date.
      Example: “before:2005/05/05” finds all messages sent or received on May 4, 2005 and earlier.

 

    • By default, terms are combined with (an invisible) “AND”.
      Example: “shepherd macaroni” finds all messages that contain both “shepherd” and “macaroni”.

 

    • “” – Search for a phrase. Case does not matter.
      Examples: “shepherd’s macaroni” finds all messages containing the phrase “shepherd’s macaroni”; ‘subject:”shepherd’s macaroni’ finds all messages that have “shepherd’s macaroni” in the Subject field.

 

    • OR – Search for messages containing at least one of two terms or expressions.
      Examples: “shepherd or macaroni” finds messages that contain either “shepherd” or “macaroni” or both; “from:heinz or label:toodoo-doll” finds messages that either come from a sender that contains “email.guide” or appear under the label “toodoo doll”.

 

    • – Search for messages that do not contain a term or expression.
      Examples: “-macaroni” finds all messages that do not contain the word “macaroni”; “shepherd -macaroni” finds all messages that contain the word “shepherd” but not “macaroni”; ‘subject:”shepherd’s macaroni” -from:heinz’ finds all messages with “shepherd’s macaroni” in the subject that were not sent from an email address or name containing “heinz”.

 

    • () – Group search terms or expressions.
      Examples: “subject:(shepherd macaroni)” finds messages that have both “shepherd” and “macaroni” somewhere in the Subject line (but not necessarily as a phrase); “from:heinz (subject:(shepherd OR macaroni) OR label:toodoo-doll)” finds all messages from a sender who has “email.guide” in their name that either have “shepherd” or “macaroni” (or both) in the Subject line or appear under the label “toodoo doll”.

 

    • has:attachment – Search for messages that have files attached to them.

 

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