Advanced Search Operators
For our power users, here's a list of Search Operators that you can use directly within the Search Bar.
|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"
" " (quotes)
|Used to search for an exact phrase
(note: Capitalization isn't taken into consideration)
Example: "Postbox rocks"
Example: subject:"lunch and a meeting"
|Search for messages sent during a certain period of time||
Example: after:2009/07/16 before:2009/07/18
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:"July 2008"
- after:"last friday"
- after:"last April"
To find messages within a specific range, you can use both operators. For example:
- after:2009/07/16 before:2009/07/18