How to Search For Emails by Sender, Subject, Date and More in Gmail

You can search for emails by sender, subject, words, attachments, date, size, read, unread, starred, snoozed and label in Gmail.

Let’s see how to do these tasks in Gmail web version (PC). Remember that the following steps apply to the Gmail app (Android) too.

Search for Emails by Sender in Gmail

Sign into your Gmail account.

In the “Search Box” at the top, type the email address you wish. Hit “Enter” key.

Now, you can see all the emails you send to and receive from that email address.

In case, if you want to see only emails you send to the particular email address, then use the “to:”

For instance: to:email address

If you want to view only the emails you received from a specific email address, then use the “from:”

For instance: from:email address

Note that if any one of the emails that match any of the above search criteria is in trash or spam, then it’ll be notified at the bottom with the link to view them. It is not the case on Gmail for Android.

Search for Emails by Subject in Gmail

In the “Search Box” at the top, enter “subject:” and then type the subject of the email.

For instance: subject:hello

Example of subject

It’ll show all the emails that have “hello” in its subject.

Keep in mind that if the emails having "hello" in its subject is in trash or spam, then you’ll see it stated at the bottom along with the “View messages” link which you can click to see those emails. It is not the case on Gmail for Android.

Search for Emails by Words

In the “Search Box” at the top, type the words you prefer and then hit "Enter" key.

For instance: hello, hi

It’ll show the emails that have the words hello and hi.

For exclude, use the hyphen. For instance: -hello will show the emails that don’t have the word “hello.”

-hello

If anyone of the emails that match any of the above search criteria is in the spam or trash, then it'll be notified at the bottom with the link which you can need to click view those. It is not the case on Gmail for Android.

Search for Emails by Attachments

In the “Search Box” at the top, type “has:attachment” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter” key.

has:attachment

Now, you can see all the emails with the attachments.

If you want to view emails without attachments, make sure to use “-has:attachment” (without double quotes)

If anyone of the emails that match any of the above search criteria is in the spam or trash, then it'll be notified at the bottom with the link which you can need to click view those. It is not the case on Gmail for Android.

Search for Emails by Date

You need to use “before” and “after” for this task. Let’s see this with the instance.

Type the following (replace the date with the one you prefer) in the “Search Box” and then hit “Enter” key.

after:2019/4/6

Example of after

This one will show the emails from the date April  6, 2019, and after that.

before:2019/4/5

This one will show the emails from the date April 5, 2019, and before that.

Note that if any one of the emails that match any of the above search criteria is in the spam or trash, then it'll be notified at the bottom with the link which you can need to click view those. It is not the case on Gmail for Android.

Search for Emails by Size

In the Gmail Search Box, type “size:5mb” and then hit “Enter” key.

Make sure to replace the “5mb” with the size you want.

If any of the emails that match the search criteria is in spam or trash, then it’ll be notified at the bottom with the link which you can click to view those. It is not the case on Gmail for Android.

Search for Emails by Read, Unread, Starred or Snoozed in Gmail

For unread  - Type is:unread in the Gmail Search Box and then hit “Enter” key.

For read - Type is:read in the Gmail Search Box and then hit “Enter” key.

If anyone of the emails that match any of the above search criteria is in the spam or trash, then it'll be notified at the bottom with the link which you can need to click view those. It is not the case on Gmail for Android.

For starred - Type is:starred in Gmail Search Box and then hit “Enter.”

Alternatively, you can click on “Starred” in the left side menu.

For snoozed - Type in:snoozed in Gmail Search Box and then hit “Enter” key.

Alternatively, you can click on “Snoozed” on the left side menu.

Search for Emails by Label in Gmail

From the menu on the left side, find and hit the label name you wish.

Alternatively, you can follow these steps:

In the “Search Box” at the top, type “label:label name.”

For instance: Label:t-r

If your label name has a space in it, then replace the space with a hyphen like the above instance.

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