Search emails quickly with GMail Search Options
By on May 23rd, 2008

Gmail is getting more and more popular these days.

With its ever increasing storage space, the concept of deleting your old emails and attachments to free up space for new emails, is now virtually over. You are no more expected to delete old email.

A big relief.

But this has increased complexity in searching an old email. It sometimes becomes a pain in the ass to search for an old communication, an attachment, a photo in your thousands of thousands of email archives.

Thankfully, there are a few search operators, which come handy in such a situation.

For instance, you can use

  • from:keith has:attachment – to search for an attachment sent by Keith
  • from: xyz http – A link from my pal xyz:
  • to:me is:unread in:inbox – The messages in my inbox sent directly to me that I haven’t read yet.

There are many more such operators.

And if you are of my type, who just can’t remember all these operators, there is a simple solution, a link right alongside the search button, which will open search options available in your Gmail interface. You just have to key in your queries.

There is nothing new to it, but still I have found that most people not using it.

Use it, it is real powerful.

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Author: Silki
I am Silki Garg, a telecom professional from the holy city of Varanasi in India. I have a natural crush for Technology and having bitten by Blogging Bug. I usually have a contrarian approach.

Silki has written and can be contacted at silki@techie-buzz.com.
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  • http://mp3crown.com Magie

    This is a must noted tip for me. I have mail searching problem many times. Right now I just put star on my important mail.

  • http://www.fullpotential.com Starr

    Nice features from gmail.. These will be helpful since I’ll be having fervid schedules during schooldays and I don’t have much time to deal with all my mails. Surely, I’ll enjoy using the search options. I’ll sign-up right away…

  • http://www.abilogic.com AbiLogic

    Useful features, but I can’t store thousand operators in my head. I’m very-very old internet user :) Need to write all to writing-paper :)

 
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