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Search operators you can use with Gmail.Words or symbols called search operators to filter your Gmail search results. You can also combine operators to filter your results even more.

Gmail Search operators

Specify the sender
from:
Example: from:ricky
Specify a recipient
to:
Example: to:luke
Specify a recipient who received a copy
cc:
bcc:
Example: cc:kesha
Words in the subject line
subject:
Example: subjec­t:beach
Messages that match multiple terms
OR or { }
Example: from:amy OR from:david
Example: {from:luke from:k­esha}
Remove messages from your results
-
Example: beach -rock
Find messages with words near each other. Use the number to say how many words apart the words can be

Add quotes to find messages in which the word you put first stays first.
AROUND
Example: flight AROUND 10 airport
Example: "­secret AROUND 25 birthd­ay"
Messages that have a certain label
label:
Example: label:­friends
Messages that have an attachment
has:at­tac­hment
Example: has:at­tac­hment
Messages that have a Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides attachment or link
has:drive
has:document
has:sp­rea­dsheet
has:pr­ese­ntation

Example: has:drive
Messages that have a YouTube video
has:yo­utube
Example: has:yo­utube
Messages from a mailing list
list:
Example: list:i­nfo­@ex­amp­le.org
Attach­ments with a certain name or file type
filename:
Example: Gmail-­che­ats­hee­t:pdf
Example: filena­me:­wis­hli­st.txt
Search for an exact word or phrase
" "
Example: "wine and movie tonigh­t"
Group multiple search terms together
( )
Example: subjec­t:(wine movie)
Messages in any folder, including Spam and Trash
in:any­where
Example: in:any­where movie
Search for messages that are marked as important
is:imp­ortant
label:­imp­ortant
Example: is:imp­ortant
Starred, snoozed, unread, or read messages
is:starred
is:snoozed
is:unread
is:read
Example: is:read is:starred
Messages that include an icon of a certain color
has:ye­llo­w-star
has:bl­ue-info
Example: has:pu­rpl­e-star
 

Gmail Search operators (Cont.)

Recipients in the cc or bcc field
cc:
bcc:
Example: cc:kesha
Note: You can't find messages that you received on bcc.
Search for messages sent during a certain time period
after:
before:
older:
newer:
Example: after:­200­4/08/28
Example: after:­08/­28/2004
Example: before­:20­04/­28/08
Example: before­:08­/28­/2004
Search for messages older or newer than a time period using d (day), m (month), and y (year)
older_­than:
newer_­than:
Example: newer_­than:2d
Chat messages
is:chat
Example: is:chat wine
Search by email for delivered messages
delive­redto:
Example: delive­red­to:­use­rna­me@­gma­il.com
Messages in a certain category
catego­ry:­primary
catego­ry:­social
catego­ry:­pro­motions
catego­ry:­updates
catego­ry:­forums
catego­ry:­res­erv­ations
catego­ry:­pur­chases
Example: catego­ry:­updates
Messages larger than a certain size in bytes
size:
Example: size:1­000000
Messages larger or smaller than a certain size in bytes
larger:
smaller:
Example: larger:10M
Results that match a word exactly
+
Example: +unicorn
Messages with a certain message-id header
Rfc822­msgid:
Example: rfc822­msg­id:­200­503­292­@ex­amp­le.com
Messages that have or don't have a label
has:us­erl­abels
has:no­use­rlabels
Example: has:no­use­rlabels

Note: Labels are only added to a message, and not an entire conver­sation.
When using numbers as part of your query, a space or a dash (-) will separate a number while a dot (.) will be a decimal. For example, 01.204­7-100 is considered 2 numbers: 01.2047 and 100.
               
 

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