Gmail: Using Advanced Search

Operator Definition Example(s)
from: Used to specify the sender Example – from:amy
Meaning – Messages from Amy
to: Used to specify a recipient Example – to:david
Meaning – All messages that were sent to David (by you or someone else)
subject: Search for words in the subject line Example – subject:dinner
Meaning – Messages that have the word “dinner” in the subject
OR Search for messages matching term A or term B*
*OR must be in all caps
Example – from:amy OR from:david
Meaning – Messages from Amy or from David

(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”
label: Search for messages by label*
*There isn’t a search operator for unlabeled messages
Example – from:amy label:friends
Meaning – Messages from Amy that have the label “friends”
Example – from:david label:my-family
Meaning – Messages from David that have the label “My Family”
has:attachment
Search for messages with an attachment Example – from:david has:attachment
Meaning – Messages from David that have an attachment
list: Search for messages on mailing lists Example – list:info@example.com
Meaning – Messages with the words info@example.com in the headers, sent to or from this list
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

” “
(quotes)
Used to search for an exact phrase*
*Capitalization isn’t taken into consideration
Example – “i’m feeling lucky”
Meaning – Messages containing the phrase “i’m feeling lucky” or “I’m feeling lucky”

Example – subject:”dinner and a movie”
Meaning – Messages containing the phrase “dinner and a movie” in the subject

( )
Used to group words
Used to specify terms that shouldn’t be excluded
Example – from:amy(dinner OR movie)
Meaning – Messages from Amy that contain either the word “dinner” or the word “movie”

Example – subject:(dinner movie)
Meaning – Messages in which the subject contains both the word “dinner” and the word “movie”

in:anywhere Search for messages anywhere in Gmail*
*Messages in Spam and Trash are excluded from searches by default
Example – in:anywhere movie
Meaning – Messages in All Mail, Spam, and Trash that contain the word “movie”
in:inbox
in:trash
in:spam
Search for messages in Inbox, Trash, or Spam Example – in:trash from:amy
Meaning – Messages from Amy that are in Trash
is:starred
is:unread
is:read
Search for messages that are starred, unread or read Example – is:read is:starred from:David
Meaning – Messages from David that have been read and are marked with a star
cc:
bcc:
Used to specify recipients in the cc: or bcc: fields*
*Search on bcc: cannot retrieve messages on which you were blind carbon copied<!–
Example – cc:david
Meaning – Messages that were cc-ed to David
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.
is:chat Search for chat messages Example – is:chat monkey
Meaning – Any chat message including the word “monkey”.

Using advanced search – Help Center.

Gmail Blog: Outage Explanation

In response to the outage of Gmail from yesterday, the Official Gmail Blog has posted an apology:

Many of you had trouble accessing Gmail for a couple of hours this afternoon, and we’re really sorry. The issue was caused by a temporary outage in our contacts system that was preventing Gmail from loading properly. Everything should be back to normal by the time you read this.

We heard loud and clear today how much people care about their Gmail accounts. We followed all the emails to our support team and user group, we fielded phone calls from Google Apps customers and friends, and we saw the many Twitter posts. (We also heard from plenty of Googlers, who use Gmail for company email.) We never take for granted the commitment we’ve made to running an email service that you can count on.

We’ve identified the source of this issue and fixed it. In addition, as with all issues that affect Gmail and our other services, we’re conducting a full review of what went wrong and moving quickly to update our internal systems and procedures accordingly. We don’t usually post about problems like this on our blog, but we wanted to make an exception in this case since so many people were impacted. In general, though, if you spot a problem with your Gmail account, please visit the Gmail Help Center and user group, where the Gmail Guides are your fastest source of updates.

Again, we’re sorry.

(via Official Gmail Blog – We feel your pain, and we’re sorry)

Gmail: Temporary Error 502

Update: Were any of you using Google Labs for Gmail? If so, please leave a comment! I’m trying to get to the bottom of this myself. Thanks!

Update #2: Thanks to Flo, we have a link that should get you in for now: http://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=html. Also, according to Google Help, you may want to try to disable Google Labs if you have it enabled.

Has anyone out there seen this before? I’ve been seeing this more and more often lately…

Temporary Error 502