Simple Shortcuts to Search Email in Your Gmail

I was looking for a specific email that I received couple months ago. Since there’s no “Go to Date:….” button, I ended up have to hit the “Older” button to get to my older messages in my Gmail Inbox, which will take forever since I was looking for an email back in May 2010.

After a quick search on Google. I found out an easy way to do it. You just have to type “after:2010/05/01 before:2010/05/31” in Gmail’s search bar. Voilla…all my emails are filtered so that only those email that I received between those date range shown.

Some shortcuts that I found to search your Gmail email messages:

  • from:xxx@abc.com
  • to:yyy@xyz.com
  • cc:yyy@xyz.com
  • bcc:yyy@xyz.com
  • subject:greeting
  • after:YYYY/MM/DD
  • before:YYYY/MM/DD
  • label:abcd (to list emails under specific label)
  • has:attachment (to find emails that have attachment)
  • filename:abcde.zip (to find specific file name or extension among all the attachments in your Gmail Inbox)
  • in:anywhere, in:inbox, in:trash, or in:spam (to find email in specific places)

Do you know any other shortcuts like these? If you do, please leave your comments below to share it with others.

Author: Steven Sentosa

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  • Michaellin P

    woww.. O.onthx for sharing it.. kapan2 dicoba ah.. kadang klo lagi butuh malah berusaha mengingat2 apa kata kunci yg kira2 berhubungan sama email itu… =)

    • Iya…kadang2 yg susah emang nyari kata kuncinya. Tp searchnya Gmail mayan bagus kok, tinggal search buat kata kunci yg nyerempet2 aja biasanya ketemu email yg gua cari.

  • Amazing how many little shortcuts there actaualy are in there and it’s only when you see other people using it that you actually see what the possibilities are! One good tip is to go to Yotube and spend some time on tutorials there cause I did that once for 30 mins and improved my productivity big time!

    • Good idea…Youtube is probably one of my best teachers. You can find anyrntutorial there, not to mention that it’s free. In addition to that, Irnusually subscribe to some of my favorite website’s RSS feeds to learn newrnthings. It really saves me some time to pull all the resources in one place,rnGoogle Reader, than to go to those websites one by one.

  • Thanks for sharing this. I needed the before and after trick, and your post provided it. 

    However, you should know that the sharing panel on the left was complicating my ability to select text in Google Chrome 13.0.782.107 beta-m. Not sure if it is just Chrome, or other browsers. To reproduce, scroll to the top of this page, and try to select ‘after:2010/05/01 before:2010/05/31’ while selecting from the right to the left.

    • Hmmm…you are right. I do have that problem too sometimes and I have idea what’s causing it. I will look around for a new social plugin then. Meanwhile, if you know one good one, please let me know. Thanks for your feedback 🙂