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10 Tips and Tricks for Searching Your Gmail Inbox

written by: anamariarox•edited by: Brian Nelson•updated: 12/8/2009

Searching in Gmail is easier than you think. You don’t need to spend hours looking for something in your Gmail account. Just follow a few easy tips and you will find the message you’re looking for.

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    Tips for Searching Your Gmail Account

    1. Type the subject of the email you’re searching

    You have hundreds of sent email and you wish to find one specific message. To succeed this all you have to do is type the subject of the email. For example if you sent to someone an email about apartments you should type the word ‘’apartment’’.

    2. How to search for a group of emails

    You sent 100 emails to people about apartments and you wish to review only the ones about apartment renting. To narrow down those messages type ‘’apartment (renting)’’.

    3. Search for multiple terms using parentheses

    Imagine you want to look for the emails about the price of renting an apartment. For this search you should write ‘’apartment (renting and price).

    4. How to search the messages from one sender

    To be able to view all the messages from one sender just type his email address in the search bar.

    5. Search for email sent between two dates

    You can also find in your Gmail address the messages sent within a given time frame. Type in the search bar the two dates. By doing this you will see all the messages sent between those dates.

    6. Search for emails sent to a person between two dates

    To find a message you sent to a person at a certain date you must follow the previous tip and add the person’s email address.

    7. Use Gmail search options!

    For advanced search in Gmail click on ‘’Show Search Options’’.

    8. Use Gmail query words!

    Search on Google for the Gmail query words. You can use them to find exactly what you want.

    9. Tip for finding attachments!

    There is a simple way to find attachments fast. Type the name of the person to whom you sent the email in this format: ‘’Name has: attachment’’. Once you find the message, you can even open the attachment without logging into Google Docs.

    10. Search in Gmail using Quick Find

    By using the forward slash key from your keyboard you will be able to access the Quick Find option. You will find a particular word on the page you’re looking at.