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Search Operators

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posted this on September 16, 2010 02:46 PM

Advanced Search Operators

For our power users, here's a list of Search Operators that you can use directly within the Search Bar.

Operator Definition Examples
from: Used to specify the sender Example: from:Scott
Result: Messages from Scott
to: Used to specify a recipient Example: to:Sally
Result: All messages that were sent to Sally (by you or someone else)
subject: Search for words in the subject line Example: subject:lunch
Result: Messages that have the word "lunch" in the subject
topic: Search for messages by topic Example: from:Scott topic:friends
Result: Messages from Scott that have the topic "friends"

Example: from:Sally topic:"My Family"
Result: Messages from Sally that have the topic "My Family"

" " (quotes)

Used to search for an exact phrase
(note: Capitalization isn't taken into consideration)

Example: "Postbox rocks"
Result: Messages containing the phrase "Postbox rocks" or "Postbox Rocks"

Example: subject:"lunch and a meeting"
Result: Messages containing the phrase "lunch and a meeting" in the subject

after:
before:
Search for messages sent during a certain period of time

Example: after:2009/07/16 before:2009/07/18
Result: Messages sent between July 16, 2009 and July 18, 2009.

For details on what values are legal, see this knowledge base article.

* (as suffix wildcard) Search for partial words Example: post*
Result: Messages that contain words that start with post, such as postbox, postman, postal, etc.
orderby: Order results by a search criteria Example: orderby:date
Result: Search results will be displayed by date

 

Using Before and After

When using before: or after: date search operators, you can use several formats for the date.  For example:

  • before:today
  • after:yesterday
  • before:"July 2008"
  • after:"last friday"
  • after:"last April"
  • before:2004.08.07
  • after:6/5/2008

To find messages within a specific range, you can use both operators.  For example:

  • after:2009/07/16 before:2009/07/18
 
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