Search Your Gmail Account In A Better Way

Today, Gmail has become an integral part of our lives. We send a lot of emails and receive a lot of emails on daily basis. Whenever you open your inbox, you find a lot of new emails received. You may read a few of the important ones, delete a few unimportant ones and keep the rest of them to be read in future.

At times, you may find that the mails in the mailbox are increasing to a great extent. But, you cannot empty your entire Inbox as there may be some important communications in the mails which you might need in future. And, due to this, we face a lot of problems while searching for an email in our Gmail Account. Let us see that how can we search our Gmail Account in a better and faster way.

Suppose, I need to search an email which my boss sent me. The best way to get all the emails sent by my boss to me is by using the from: search operator. There is a search box at the top of our Gmail account page. Type from:email address of the person who sent you the email. For example, If I need to retrieve all the emails or search for an email which my boss sent to me, the I will type the following text in the search box:

from:boss123@gmail.com

This will list all the emails which I have received from boss123@gmail.com

Suppose, you want to search for an email which was sent to you by either person A or person B. Then, in such cases, you can use the OR search operator along with the from search operator.

from:personA@gmail.com OR personB@gmail.com

This will list all the emails which I have received from person A and person B.

Similarly, we have to search operator.

to:personA@gmail.com

This will list all the emails which I have sent to person A.

I might have sent several emails to person A. But, I need to find the email where I used “training” as subject, then I will use the subject search operator along with the to search operator.

to:personA@gmail.com subject:training

This will list all the emails which I have sent to person A and have the word “training” in the subject line.

There are several other operators which makes the Gmail Account Search faster and easier:

  • has:attachment search operator- Searches for the emails having an attachment- Example: from:personA@gmail.com has:attachment
    – This lists all the emails which I have received from person A and has an attachment.
  • before and after search operators- from:personA@gmail.com after:2015/9/12 before:2015/10/12 This lists all the emails which I have received after 12th September 2015 till 12th October 2015.
  • newer_than and older_than search operators- from:personA@gmail.com newer_than:4dThis lists all the emails which I have received from person A in the last 4 days only.

These were few of the operators which can help us in searching our gmail account in a smarter way in our daily life. Now, as you are aware of these operators and their usage, please do try them and be a smart gmail user.

Originally Written at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/search-your-gmail-account-better-way-jainish-shah

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