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Great Tips on How to Effectively Search Gmail and Google Drive

April 28, 2015
In this wonderful video Google engineers Liu and Merrified share some interesting tips and insights on how to effectively search your Gmail and  Drive.The purpose is to enable you to tap into some hidden gems that will allow you to search for what you need in Gmail or Drive quickly and accurately.

All of the search tips Liu and Merrified talked about in this tutorial include search and Boolean operators. This document from Gmail Help features some of the most useful operators to use when conducting internal searches in your Gmail. You should definitely bookmark and keep it for reference.


Some of the tips we particularly like include:

1- has:attachment
This allows you to search for emails with an attachment example: Example: from:david has:attachment
Meaning: Messages from David that have an attachment.

2- After:/ Before:/ older:/ newer:
You can use these words to filter your search to include only messages that were sent or received during a particular period of time.
 Example: after:2004/04/16 before:2004/04/18
Meaning: Messages sent between April 16, 2004 and April 18, 2004.*

3- Use of Boolean operator OR
“ For example, to look for messages from username@gmail.com and messages that contain the subject line 'Meeting reminder', you can enter 'username@gmail.com OR meeting reminder' in your Gmail search box.”

Watch the video below to learn more about how to effectively search your Gmail and Drive. Enjoy


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