Advanced Filter and Search Support

Advanced Filter and Search Support

Go beyond the use of regular searches, which are limited in scope. Use Gmail Reader to leverage the power of advanced search operators (or special commands and parameters) to dig deeper and narrow your searches when hunting for information.

You can use words or symbols called search operators to filter your Gmail search results. You can also combine operators to filter your results even more.

How to use a search operator

  1. Login to Gmail Reader
Once installed the app are accessible through the App Launcher
  1. In the search box, type the search operator.

What you can search bySearch operator & example
Specify the sender


Example: `from:amy`

Specify a recipient


Example: `to:david`

Specify a recipient who received a copy



Example: `cc:david`

Words in the subject line


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.


Example: `holiday AROUND 10 vacation`

Example: `"secret AROUND 25 birthday"`

Messages that have a certain label


Example: `label:friends`

Messages that have an attachment


Example: `has:attachment`

Messages that have a Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, or Slides attachment or link





Example: `has:drive`

Messages that have a YouTube video


Example: `has:youtube`

Messages from a mailing list


Example: ``

Attachments with a certain name or file type


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


Example: `in:anywhere movie`

Messages in any folder, including Spam and Trash



Example: `is:important`

Starred, snoozed, unread, or read messages





Example: `is:read is:starred`

Messages that include an icon of a certain color



Example: `has:purple-star`

Recipients in the cc or bcc field



Example: `cc:david`

Note: You can't find messages that you received on bcc.
Search for messages sent during a certain time period





Example: `after:2021/04/16`

Example: `after:04/16/2021`

Example: `before:2021/04/18`

Example: `before:04/18/2021`

Search for messages older or newer than a time period using d (day), m (month), and y (year)



Example: `newer_than:2d`

Chat messages


Example: `is:chat movie`

Search by email for delivered messages


Example: ``

Messages in a certain category








Example: `category:updates`

Messages larger than a certain size in bytes



Example: `larger:10M`

Results that match a word exactly


Example: `+unicorn`

Messages with a certain message-id header


Example: ``

Messages that have or don't have a label



Example: `has:nouserlabels`

Note: Labels are only added to a message, and not an entire conversation.
Note: When using numbers as part of your query, a space or a dash (-) will separate a number while a dot (.) will be a decimal. For example, 01.2047-100 is considered 2 numbers: 01.2047 and 100.

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