How do I use 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.
|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
Search for messages matching term A or term B*
| Example - from:amy OR from:david |
Meaning - Messages from Amy or from David
| - |
|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
| has:attachment ||Search for messages with an attachment|| Example - from:david has:attachment |
Meaning - Messages from David that have an attachment
|filename:||Search for an attachment by name or type|| |
Example - filename:physicshomework.txt
Example - label:work filename:pdf
| Used to search for an exact phrase* |
*Capitalization isn't taken into consideration
Example - "i'm feeling lucky"
Example - subject:"dinner and a movie"
| ( ) || Used to group words |
Used to specify terms that shouldn't be excluded
Example - from:amy(dinner OR movie)
Example - subject:(dinner movie)
|in:anywhere|| Search for messages anywhere in your account* |
*Messages in Spam and Trash are excluded from searches by default
| Example - in:anywhere subject:movie |
Meaning - Messages in All Mail, Spam, and Trash that contain the word "movie"
| in:inbox |
|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
| cc: |
| 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: |
| 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 after April 16, 2004, but before April 18, 2004.*
*More precisely: Messages sent on April 17, 2004.