Thursday, December 10, 2009

Are You Missing Out on Gmail Search Options?

At times, I wish I had an easy way to search for email based on specific criteria without having to remember how I’m supposed to type my criteria in the search box.

Examples: all mail that I have received in the last week. Or from a specific person AND with attachments.

Until a few minutes ago, I had totally forgotten about the “Show Search Options” link that lets you toggle a simple but powerful search tool in gmail.

Open the Search Options by clicking on the ‘Show Search Options’ link to the right of the gmail search box.

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It looks like this:

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You can type your search criteria here:

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In this example, I want to see all emails from “antonio” that were sent to me in the last week. Note that I do not have to specify the actual email address, although I could if I wanted to. I have just typed the first name of my contact. If I have several contacts named Antonio, it will show emails from all of them at once. Note also that I didn’t have to type the specific date. I used the keyword “today.”

The possibilities are endless when it comes to using the Search Options tool.

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