Thursday, October 21, 2010

Gmail advanced search options

This is a bookmark to Gmail advanced search option.  The original article is found here.

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
has:attachmentSearch for messages with an attachmentExample: from:david has:attachment
Meaning: Messages from David that have an attachment
list:Search for messages on mailing listsExample:
Meaning: Messages with the words 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 name "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"

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"

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
Trash are
excluded from searches by default
Example: in:anywhere movie

Meaning: Messages in All Mail, Spam, and Trash that contain the word "movie"


Search for messages in Inbox, Trash, or SpamExample: in:trash from:amyMeaning: Messages from Amy that are in Trash

within messages that Priority Inbox considers important.
Example: is:important from:janet
Meaning: Messages from Janet that were marked as important by Priority Inbox


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
cc:Used to specify recipients in the cc: or bcc: fields*Example: cc:david
bcc:*Search on bcc: cannot retrieve messages on which you were blind
carbon copied
Meaning: Messages that were cc-ed to David
after:Search for messages sent during a certain period of time*Example: after:2004/04/16
before:*Dates must be in yyyy/mm/dd format.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".

Addendum (Nov 2012)

size:Search for messages which is equal or greater than the size entered. Example: size:10M 
Meaning all messages that are 10 MB and above

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