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GMAIL advanced search keywords or operators
Are you a GMAIL USER? If yes, Many of us do not know or use the powerful search facility of GMAIL. GMAIL search has a varity of choices on how to search for exactly what we are looking for. For example, we can search for Emails with in a certain time range, can only search in INBOX or SPAM, DRAFTS, or in emails sent to a particular email or we can search only in emails received from a particular email ID, How to Search Gmail , How to only search in InBox of Gmail , How to search in Spam GMAIL , How to find Emails of a particular date in Gmail, How to locate emails from a particular sender only in GMAIL are all answered below. Below are the list of keywords you can use while Searching in GMAIL for a specific Email. This will help you locate the emails or chat conversations out of the thousands and thousands of other conversations.
Operator Definition Example(s)
from: Used to specify the sender Example: from:amy
Meaning: Messages from Amy
to: Used to specify a recipient Example: to:david
Meaning: All messages that were sent to David (by you or someone else)
subject: Search for words in the subject line Example: subject:dinner
Meaning: Messages that have the word "dinner" in the subject
OR

Search 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
-
(hyphen)
Used to exclude messages from your search Example: 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
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"

has:attachment
Search for messages with an attachment Example: from:david has:attachment
Meaning: Messages from David that have an attachment
list: Search for messages on mailing lists

Example: list:info@example.com
Meaning: Messages with the words info@example.com in the headers, sent to or from this list

filename: 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 labeled "work" that also have a PDF file as an attachment

" "
(quotes)

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"

Example: 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"

Example: subject:(dinner movie)
Meaning: Messages in which the subject contains both the word "dinner" and the word "movie"

in:anywhere Search for messages anywhere in Gmail*
*Messages in Spam and Trash are excluded from searches by default
Example: in:anywhere movie
Meaning: Messages in All Mail, Spam, and Trash that contain the word "movie"
in:inbox
in:trash
in:spam
Search for messages in Inbox, Trash, or Spam Example: in:trash from:amy
Meaning: Messages from Amy that are in Trash
is:starred
is:unread
is:read
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
cc:
bcc:
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-ed to David
after:
before:
Search for messages sent during a certain period of time*
*Dates must be in yyyy/mm/dd format.
Example: after:2004/04/16 before:2004/04/18
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:chat Search for chat messages Example: is:chat monkey
Meaning: Any chat message including the word "monkey".
deliveredto: Search for messages within a particular email address in the Delivered-To line of the message header Example: deliveredto:username@gmail.com
Meaning: Any message with username@gmail.com in the Delivered-To: field of the message header (which can help you find messages forwarded from another account or ones sent to an alias).
Thanks for reading the article. Hopefully it will help you. Please comment here if you have any doubts using any of the Keywords or Operators in GMAIL Search.
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