Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Search Fast in Gmail..

Do You Know How to view only unread messages from Gmail?
type is:unread in the search box.
There are much more tricks which will minimize your search time..





Used to specify the sender

Example - from:amy

Meaning - Messages from Amy


Used to specify a recipient

Example - to:david

Meaning - All messages that were sent to David (by you or someone else)


Search for words in the subject line

Example - subject:dinner

Meaning - Messages that have the word "dinner" in the subject


Search for messages matching term A or term B*

*OR must all be in capitals

Example - from:amy OR from:david

Meaning - Messages from Amy or from David



Used to exclude messages from your search

Example - dinner -film

Meaning - Messages that contain the word "dinner" but do not contain the word "film"


Search for messages by label*

*There is not a search operator for unlabelled messages

Example - from:amy label:friends

Meaning - Messages from Amy that have the label "friends"

Example - from:david label:my-family

Meaning - Messages from David that have the label "My Family"


Search for messages with an attachment

Example - from:david has:attachment

Meaning - Messages from David that have an attachment


Search for an attachment by name or type

Example - filename:physicshomework.txt

Meaning - Messages with an attachment named "physicshomework.txt"

Example - label:work filename:pdf

Meaning - Messages labelled "work" that also have a PDF file as an attachment

" "


Used to search for an exact phrase*

*Capitalisation isn't taken into consideration

Example - "I'm feeling lucky"

Meaning - Messages containing the phrase "I'm feeling lucky" or "I'm feeling lucky"

Example - subject:"dinner and a film"

Meaning - Messages containing the phrase "dinner and a film" in the subject

( )

Used to group words

Used to specify terms that shouldn't be excluded

Example - from:amy(dinner OR film)

Meaning - Messages from Amy that contain either the word "dinner" or the word "film"

Example - subject:(dinner film)

Meaning - Messages in which the subject contains both the word "dinner" and the word "film"


Search for messages anywhere in your account*

*Messages in Spam and Trash are excluded from searches by default

Example - in:anywhere subject:film

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




Search for messages in Inbox, Trash, or Spam

Example - in:trash from:amy

Meaning - Messages from Amy that are in Trash




Search for messages that are starred, unread or read

Example - is:read is:starred from:David

Meaning - Messages from David that have been read and are marked with a star



Used to specify recipients in the cc: or bcc: fields*

*Search on bcc: cannot retrieve messages on which you were blind carbon copied<>

Example - cc:david

Meaning - Messages that were cc'd to David



Search for messages sent during a certain period of time*

*Dates must be in mm/dd/yyyy format.

Example - after:2004/04/16 before:2004/04/18

Meaning - Messages sent after April 16 2004, but before April 18 2004.*

*More precisely: Messages sent on 17th April 2004.