Gmail advanced search operators allow you to quickly unearth emails that are important to you.
Here are some of the best tips you can try.
Gmail is undoubtedly the most popular free web-based email service from Google.
With heaps of storage capability and super fast speed, it is one of the first choices for Internet user’s e-mail communications. Over the years, email services have increased significantly, adding some ability and intelligence. But one of the striking features of Gmail is the unique search capability that allows users to do some things with the help of search operators. The tools are very valuable to search can be useful for not only your important mail filter but also to keep your email organized list, remove unnecessary space, unsubscribe from spam and perform a number of other things. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best search tips for Gmail that you can try right away!
Find important unread emails
Search query: is: important is: unread
Gmail has the capability to understand your pattern when you open certain emails and respond to them. Based on this pattern, it automatically assigns a “Important” tag with a yellow arrow right above the sender’s name. It often happens that some of your important emails get buried under other less important ones, and might go unnoticed. Using the search query “is:important” and “is:unread” together, you can accesses these messages instantly.
Look for old messages
Search query: before:2015/03/31 or before:2015
If you are one of those who believe in keeping their Gmail inbox clean and organized, this search query can filter out all the emails that you have sent and received during a particular period and can erase them in bulk. Search using “before:(the date you wish in yyyy/mm/dd or yyyy format)”. You can also use this query to find out old important messages quickly rather than sifting through all the pages one by one.
Delete unnecessary space
Search query: has:attachment larger_than:10mb
Although Gmail offers 15gb of free storage, your inbox may reach a point where you run out of space, possibly because of messages that contain large attachments. However, with this quick search query, you can filter out all the messages that are taking up space in your inbox unnecessarily. You can narrow down your results by combining your search query with the “before:(date)” operator.
Unsubscribe newsletters at once
Search query: label:^unsub
If you’re tired of receiving frequent, unnecessary newsletters and mailing lists that you don’t even remember having signed up for, this search query in Gmail can make your life easier. Use “label:^unsub” in the search to see all the messages containing the hidden unsubscribe label at once. Figure out the ones that are really important to you and unsubscribe from the rest.
Find the attachment with name and file type
Search query: filename:invoice.pdf or doc, ppt, xls
It is also easy to find the exact attachment you are looking for from the bulk of email messages by using this query. You can use both file name and its extension in the query to get exact results. If you further combine it with the sender query, the results will be more specific.
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