Search Operators in Gmail

How to View Only Unread Messages in Gmail

So this is quite simple-stupid and yet, couldn’t find a way to make Gmail show me only unread emails, so I had to Google it!

The solution: in the search bar – type is:unread and voila!

How to View Only Unread Messages in Gmail

So this “is:” is called a search operator, and just like “is:” there are plenty of them for you to use, some are quite useful.

Search Operators in Gmail

Here are all of the search operators you can use in Gmail (source)

What you can search by Search operator & example
Specify the sender from:

Example: from:amy

Specify a recipient to:

Example: to:david

Specify a recipient who received a copy cc:

bcc:

Example: cc:david

Words in the subject line subject:

Example: subject:dinner

Messages that match multiple terms OR or { }

Example: from:amy OR from:david

Example: {from:amy from:david}

Remove messages from your results -

Example: dinner -movie

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: holiday AROUND 10 vacation

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:[email protected]

Attachments with a certain name or file type filename:

Example: filename:pdf

Example: filename:homework.txt

Search for an exact word or phrase " "

Example: "dinner and movie tonight"

Group multiple search terms together ( )

Example: subject:(dinner 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

Recipients in the cc or bcc field cc:

bcc:

Example: cc:david

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:2004/04/16

Example: before:2004/04/18

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 movie

Search by email for delivered messages deliveredto:

Example: deliveredto:[email protected]

Messages in a certain category category:

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:[email protected] 

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.


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