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  1. 1. ideo slideshowUsing advanced search Print Watch a video on using advanced search. 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. Operator Definition Example(s) Used to Example: from:amy from: specify the Meaning: Messages from Amy sender Used to Example: to:david to: specify a Meaning: All messages that were sent to David (by recipient you or someone else) Search for Example: subject:dinner subject: words in the Meaning: Messages that have the word "dinner" in subject line the subject Search for Example: from:amy OR from:david messages Meaning: Messages from Amy or from David matching OR term A or term B* *OR must be in all caps Used to Example: dinner -movie exclude Meaning: Messages that contain the word "dinner" - messages but do not contain the word "movie" (hyphen) from your search Search for Example: from:amy label:friends messages by Meaning: Messages from Amy that have the label label* "friends" *There isn't a label: search Example: from:david label:my-family operator for Meaning: Messages from David that have the label unlabeled "My Family" messages Search for Example: from:david has:attachment messages Meaning: Messages from David that have an has:attachment with an attachment attachment list: Search for Example: messages on Meaning: Messages with the words mailing lists in the headers, sent to or from
  2. 2. this list Example: filename:physicshomework.txt Meaning: Messages with an attachment named Search for an "physicshomework.txt" attachment filename: by name or Example: label:work filename:pdf type Meaning: Messages labeled "work" that also have a PDF file as an attachment Used to Example: "i'm feeling lucky" search for an Meaning: Messages containing the phrase "i'm exact phrase* feeling lucky" or "I'm feeling lucky" "" *Capitalizatio (quotes) n isn't taken Example: subject:"dinner and a movie" into Meaning: Messages containing the phrase "dinner consideration and a movie" in the subject Example: from:amy(dinner OR movie) Used to group Meaning: Messages from Amy that contain either the words word "dinner" or the word "movie" Used to () specify terms Example: subject:(dinner movie) that shouldn't Meaning: Messages in which the subject contains be excluded both the word "dinner" and the word "movie" Search for Example: in:anywhere movie messages Meaning: Messages in All Mail, Spam, and Trash anywhere in that contain the word "movie" Gmail* *Messages in in:anywhere Spam and Trash are excluded from searches by default Search for Example: in:trash from:amy in:inbox messages in Meaning: Messages from Amy that are in Trash in:trash Inbox, in:spam Trash, or Spam Search for Example: is:read is:starred from:David messages Meaning: Messages from David that have been read is:starred that are and are marked with a star is:unread starred, is:read unread or read cc: Used to Example: cc:david bcc: specify Meaning: Messages that were cc-ed to David recipients in the cc: or bcc: fields* *Search on bcc: cannot retrieve messages on which you
  3. 3. were blind carbon copied Search for Example: after:2004/04/16 before:2004/04/18 messages sent during a Meaning: Messages sent between April 16, 2004 and certain period April 18, 2004.* after: of time* *More precisely: Messages sent after 12:00 AM (or before: *Dates must 00:00) April 16, 2004 and before April 18, 2004. be in yyyy/mm/dd format. Search for Example: is:chat monkey is:chat chat Meaning: Any chat message including the word messages "monkey". Search for Example: messages Meaning: Any message with within a in the Delivered-To: field of the message header particular (which can help you find messages forwarded from email address another account or ones sent to an alias). deliveredto: in the Delivered-To line of the message header