How to Find Email messages with Gmail Search

Like many PC users, I have amassed a very large collection of emails, sent and received. Every now and then I need to look up something from one of them and that is when search operators come in handy.

If you use Gmail, you probably know that there are a number of useful ways to make a search query to look for a particular email or related group of emails. Google has just made things even easier by adding some new operators. The most useful of the new search operators allow you to search size and time periods. These operators and some examples of their use are shown in the table below. A table of all the Gmail search operators can be found at this Google link

New Gmail search operators
  Operator   Definition   Example
size: Search for messages larger than the specified size in bytes size:100000
Search for messages larger than 100 KB
larger:
smaller:
Similar to size: but allows abbreviations K, M, G for numbers larger:10M
Search for all messages of at least 10 MB in size
after:
before:
older:
newer:
Search for messages sent during a certain period of time (using the date format yyyy/mm/dd)
after:2009/04/16
Search for messages sent after April 16, 2009.
older_than
newer_than
Similar to older and newer, but allows relative dates using d, m, and y for day, month, and year
newer_than:7d
Finds messages sent within the last seven days.

Google has also added the capability to search certain parts of words. Gmail now matches similar words that have the same root, letting you find a message even if you don't remember the exact words. Moreover, Gmail now even finds spelling mistakes. More about these developments is at this link.

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