But a friend of mine who was from United States asked me, "Why the heck i was using Gmail ?". Probably, even if i would have told her the features she wont have got them all, but today not only advanced users, but normal users as well use awesome features of Gmail, which other Mail Providers don't have (i never even tried them from quite along cause of the bulky UI).
Still there are some features that many of us are not aware of. Okay do you know that we can use boolean operators in search for reaching the emails that we need. Yes, we can and we can also create filters using these search operators. They can also be used to set up filters so you can organize your inbox automatically. Some of the most useful operators are listed below:
|Used to exclude messages from your search||Example: dinner -movie |
Meaning: Messages that contain the word "dinner" but do not contain the word "movie"
|filename:||Search for an attachment by name or type||Example: filename:physicshomework.txt Meaning: Messages with an attachment named "physicshomework.txt"|
Example: label:work filename:pdf
Meaning: Messages labeled "work" that also have a PDF file as an attachment
|from:||Used to specify the sender||Example: from:Puneet Meaning: Messages from Puneet|
|to:||Used to specify a recipient||Example: to:david Meaning: All messages that were sent to David (by you or someone else)|
|Search for messages sent during a certain period of time* |
*Dates must be in yyyy/mm/dd format.
|Example: after:2004/04/16 before:2004/04/18 Meaning: Messages sent between April 16, 2004 and April 18, 2004.* |
*More precisely: Messages sent after 12:00 AM (or 00:00) April 16, 2004 and before April 18, 2004
|deliveredto:||Search for messages within a particular email address in the Delivered-To line of the message header||Example: deliveredto:firstname.lastname@example.org Meaning: Any message with email@example.com in the Delivered-To: field of the message header (which can help you find messages forwarded from another account or ones sent to an alias).|
Operators like OR can be used in Gmail. For example: While searching for mail from a particular email address or a meeting place that you dont remember exactly, just put 'firstname.lastname@example.org OR meeting' in your Gmail search box. The 'or' function in Gmail is represented by 'OR,' and the 'not' function is represented by a minus (-). You also can use quotes (" ") to specify an exact phrase.