Using advanced Gmail search

Gmail, one of the greatest wonders of the internet! Supercharge your Gmail use with advanced search operators.

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.

from:Used to specify the senderExample: from:amy
Meaning: Messages from Amy
to:Used to specify a recipientExample: to:david
Meaning: All messages that were sent to David (by you or someone else)
subject:Search for words in the subject lineExample: subject:dinner
Meaning: Messages that have the word “dinner” in the subject
ORSearch 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 searchExample: 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:attachmentSearch for messages with an attachmentExample: from:david has:attachment
Meaning: Messages from David that have an attachment
list:Search for messages on mailing listsExample:
Meaning: Messages with the words in the headers, sent to or from this list
filename:Search for an attachment by name or typeExample: 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 considerationExample: “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 wordsUsed to specify terms that shouldn’t be excludedExample: 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:anywhereSearch for messages anywhere in Gmail*
*Messages in Spam and Trash are excluded from searches by default
Example: in:anywhere movie
Meaning: Messages in All MailSpam, and Trash that contain the word “movie”
in:inboxin:trashin:spamSearch for messages in Inbox, Trash, or SpamExample: in:trash from:amy
Meaning: Messages from Amy that are in Trash
is:starredis:unreadis:readSearch for messages that are starred, unread or readExample:
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:chatSearch for chat messagesExample: 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 headerExample:
Meaning: Any message with 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).