Google just announced yet another improvement to Gmailâ€™s search function. In short, there are a ton of new options available now that let you search through your email with a fine tooth comb.
By more, Google means advanced search operators. Here are the details, courtesy of Googleâ€™s Using advanced search help page:
Advanced search operators are query words or symbols that perform special actions in Gmail search. These operators allow you to find what youâ€™re looking for quickly and accurately. They can also be used to set up filters so you can organize your inbox automatically. Some of the most useful operators are listed below.
The first one Google underlined is size, and hereâ€™s how you can use it:
Iâ€™ll personally be using the basic operators, like â€śfrom:â€ť and â€śto:â€ť and â€śsubject:â€ť the most frequently, though even the â€śexact matchâ€ť option will come in handy when wading through a ton of emails. In fact, a quick run through the list shows that this really is like the companyâ€™s search engine: you can use quotes to search for an exact phrase (I probably use this a hundred times every day on Google) but itâ€™s also clearly tailored for email as there are operators like â€ścc:â€ť and â€śbcc:â€ť that you can use.
Other useful operators in my mind are â€śfilename:â€ť (for attachments), â€śin:â€ť (anywhere/inbox/trash/spam, for folder filtering) and â€śis:â€ť (starred/unread/read). Thereâ€™s even an â€śis:chatâ€ť for chat messages!
This is an excellent improvement on Googleâ€™s part, and shows yet again just how much the company values power users. Eventually, features that are meant for them also start getting used by everyone, and then Google goes out and builds something even more complicated.
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