Use Boolean Operators for Better Search in GMail

Use Boolean Operators for Better Search in GmailWell i guess now we don't need to mention here the name of the best email service provider. Long time back there was a trend that most of the westerns used hotmail, and at that time i was using using gmail (GMail wasn't that much popular that time obviously). I was aware of some of the great features of GMail like the basic Html view, powerful filters, additional accounts and a last but not the least lot of space.

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).

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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:

OperatorMeaning Example(s)
-
(hyphen)
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)
after:
before:
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:username@gmail.com Meaning: Any message with username@gmail.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).
BOOLEAN Operator:
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 'username@gmail.com 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.

Jennifer Deol, Vancouver | GeekUpd8 AuthorWritten by: Jennifer Deol - ♀ GeekUpd8 Author                                   GeekUpd8  Find Arise International on Facebook  Follow Arise International on Twitter  Add Arise International on Google+ Circle  Subscribe Arise International on your Browser
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