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I'm assuming that most ddf'ers don't realize how useful and powerful the gmail filters and search is. Therefore I will try to show you how it can be used on a daily basis

Random useful trick: when typing an email, hit Ctrl+Enter to Send it

Note: You can always use 2 operators at the same time. All search terms can be used in the filters. Except the in: and is: command because filters are for incoming only

All the commands (the thing you want to do) are called operators.

Shortcuts: Press ? in Gmail to see a list of keyboard shortcuts. Some keyboard shortcuts can be used immediately, and others need to be enabled before you can use them.

From: To search for an email you received   A) By name B) A particular email address. C) A email sent from a particular domain use a *   
Example: From:Dad or From:Dad@thebestone.com or From:*@dansdeals.com   

To: To search for an email you sent  A) By name B) A particular email address. C) A email sent to a particular domain use a *   
Example: To:Dad or To:Dad@thebestone.com or To:*@dansdeals.com

Subject: To search for a subject (duh!)
Example: Subject:Thunder     

Label: Search by Label
Example: From:dad Label:occasions
Note: If a label have 2 names then you must include a "-" (hyphen) Example: Label:my-family

Attachments There are 3 ways to search for attachments.
1.Has:attachment  Will show all messages that have attachments. To search for attachments from a specific person or a specific label etc. use the appropriate operator. Example: from:david has:attachment or Label:party has:attachment 
2.Filename: Will search for a specific file. To search for files from a specific person or a specific label etc. use the appropriate operator.
Example: Filename:example.pdf or Label:Dad Filename:shoppinglist.txt
3.By file type Example: filename:(jpg OR jpeg OR png OR gif)

*The in: operator will search for messages anywhere in Gmail
Note: Messages in Spam and Trash are excluded from searches by default; except if you use in:anywhere 
Example: in:anywhere. in:inbox in:trash in:spam
To search for files from a specific person or a specific label etc. use the appropriate operator. Example: in:trash from:amy
Note: For priority messages use is:important

*The is: operator will search for items with a certain status.
Example: is:important is:starred is:unread is:read is:chat[/b]
You can combine them also Example:  is:read is:starred from:David or is:chat money   

*Has: Search for messages with a particular star
Example:  has:yellow-star has:red-star has:orange-star has:green-star has:blue-star has:purple-star has:red-bang has:orange-guillemet has:yellow-bang has:green-check has:blue-info has:purple-question
Has:nouserlabels Finds all messages without any of your own labels (excludes automatic labels like inbox, spam, and trash).

cc: bcc:  Used to specify recipients in the cc: or bcc: fields
Note Search on bcc: cannot retrieve messages on which you were blind carbon copied.
Example: cc:david Messages that were cc-ed to David.

*after: before: older: newer:  Search for messages sent or received during a certain period of time (using the date format yyyy/mm/dd)
Example: after:2014/04/16 before:2014/04/18 Messages sent between April 16, 2014 and April 18, 2014.*
*More precisely: Messages sent after 12:00 AM (or 00:00) April 16, 2014 and before April 18, 2014.

*older_than newer_than Similar to older and newer, but allows relative dates using d, m, and y for day, month, and year
Example:newer_than:2d Finds messages sent within the last two days

deliveredto: If you have another email address forwarded to this email address. You can use this to filter just the messages from that email.
Example: deliveredto:username@gmail.com

size:  Search for messages larger than the specified size in bytes
Example: size:1000000 All messages larger than 1MB (1,000,000 bytes) in size.

larger: smaller: Similar to size: but allows abbreviations for numbers
Example: larger:10M All messages of at least 10M bytes (10,000,000 bytes) in size.

Search Terms

OR   To search for Term A or B
Example:From:Dad OR From:Mom  or From:dad|from:mom
Note: OR must be capital.  You can also use "|" [located on top of the enter key or tab key] this is very useful in filters.
"-" Used to exclude messages from your search Example: From:dad -Dinner
"+"(plus sign) or """ Match the search term exactly.
Example: +unicorn or "unicorn"  Finds messages containing “unicorn” but not “unicorns” or “unciorn”
"( )"  Used to group words and to specify terms that shouldn't be excluded.
Example: from:amy (dinner OR movie) or subject:(dinner movie)


* Cannot be used in a filter because the filter is for incoming only.
 

All this info can be found on https://support.google.com/mail/answer/7190?hl=en
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Re: Gmail tips, tricks and questions
« Reply #600 on: January 02, 2018, 01:12:06 PM »
since you asked a question what's the period trick?
Add a period anywhere in your Gmail address and it will come to your mailbox.
And to answer my own question, search for to: your email with period trick (ie to:m.yemail@gmail.com)
Don't ask stupid questions and you won't get stupid answers

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Re: Gmail tips, tricks and questions
« Reply #601 on: January 02, 2018, 01:26:03 PM »
Add a period anywhere in your Gmail address and it will come to your mailbox.
And to answer my own question, search for to: your email with period trick (ie to:m.yemail@gmail.com)
You have to search for the period the same place you put it?
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Re: Gmail tips, tricks and questions
« Reply #602 on: January 02, 2018, 01:31:09 PM »
You have to search for the period the same place you put it?
Yes. M.yemail@gmail.com, my.email@gmail.com, etc
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Re: Gmail tips, tricks and questions
« Reply #603 on: January 02, 2018, 01:39:02 PM »
Any way to search my email account for emails sent using the period trick? Only emails sent with the period in that specific place
Sure, just search for the email address with the period in that place.

EG: cho.lent@gmail.com
Workflowy. You won't know what you're missing until you try it.

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Re: Gmail tips, tricks and questions
« Reply #604 on: January 02, 2018, 01:52:56 PM »
Sure, just search for the email address with the period in that place.

EG: cho.lent@gmail.com
what exactly are you getting by putting the period, cc'ing yourself?
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Re: Gmail tips, tricks and questions
« Reply #605 on: January 02, 2018, 01:57:28 PM »
what exactly are you getting by putting the period, cc'ing yourself?
Extra email addresses. Similar to the +1 trick (if you've heard of that).

For Gmail purposes, these are each considered the same. So mailing list signups (for extra coupons / accounts) are simple without having to create a new email address each time:
myemail@gmail.com
my.email@gmail.com
myemail+1@gmail.com
myemail@googlemail.com
my.email+2@googlemail.com
etc.

Since Gmail treats them all the same, you'd get them all into your regular inbox (so you can have 1 "junk email" account, and get as many coupons etc. sent to there).
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Re: Gmail tips, tricks and questions
« Reply #606 on: January 02, 2018, 02:04:04 PM »
Extra email addresses. Similar to the +1 trick (if you've heard of that).

All these are considered unique to mailing list signups (for extra coupons / accounts) without having to create a new email address each time:
myemail@gmail.com
my.email@gmail.com
myemail+1@gmail.com
myemail@googlemail.com
my.email+2@googlemail.com
etc.

Google treats them all the same so you'd get them all into your regular inbox.
Googlemail@gmail.... also works?
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Re: Gmail tips, tricks and questions
« Reply #607 on: January 02, 2018, 02:07:38 PM »
Googlemail@gmail.... also works?
Sample email address you can have (using your DDF handle for the example):

Main:
myi@gmail.com

Aliases / Masks (without needing to create them individually):
my.i@gmail.com
myi+1@gmail.com
myi@googlemail.com
my.i+2@googlemail.com

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http://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/how-to-use-the-infinite-number-of-email-addresses-gmail-1609458192

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Re: Gmail tips, tricks and questions
« Reply #608 on: January 02, 2018, 02:25:05 PM »
Sample email address you can have (using your DDF handle for the example):

Main:
myi@gmail.com

Aliases / Masks (without needing to create them individually):
my.i@gmail.com
myi+1@gmail.com
myi@googlemail.com
my.i+2@googlemail.com

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=15579.0
http://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/how-to-use-the-infinite-number-of-email-addresses-gmail-1609458192
knew of the+1+2+3... but not the period.
Thanks for the explanation.
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Re: Gmail tips, tricks and questions
« Reply #609 on: January 02, 2018, 05:09:40 PM »
It's getting really annoying every time I accidentally swipe my screen on the Gmail app on an Android the message goes archived, how do I find all those archived messages?
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Re: Gmail tips, tricks and questions
« Reply #610 on: January 02, 2018, 05:10:30 PM »
It's getting really annoying every time I accidentally swipe my screen on the Gmail app on an Android the message goes archived, how do I find all those archived messages?
All mail

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Re: Gmail tips, tricks and questions
« Reply #611 on: January 02, 2018, 06:43:46 PM »
All mail
can I filter out all the archived messages?
Or will I have to search through all my mail?
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Re: Gmail tips, tricks and questions
« Reply #612 on: January 02, 2018, 06:45:09 PM »
can I filter out all the archived messages?
Or will I have to search through all my mail?
Gmail works that all emails are stored in "All Mail", inbox is just a label/folder where all the incoming mail go into

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Re: Gmail tips, tricks and questions
« Reply #613 on: January 02, 2018, 06:52:47 PM »
You can use this search to find all emails that are not in your inbox:

Code: [Select]
in:all -in:inbox
If you want to search for a specific word/person you can type that after those words in the search box
Workflowy. You won't know what you're missing until you try it.

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Re: Gmail tips, tricks and questions
« Reply #614 on: January 02, 2018, 10:29:33 PM »
You can use this search to find all emails that are not in your inbox:

Code: [Select]
in:all -in:inbox
If you want to search for a specific word/person you can type that after those words in the search box
Something like this should probably find it:
Code: [Select]
has:nouserlabels -label:inbox -in:trash -in:chats -in:sent -in:draft

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Re: Gmail tips, tricks and questions
« Reply #615 on: January 03, 2018, 10:38:48 AM »
Will try that..
 Will it pull other mail as well or specifically the archives?
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Re: Gmail tips, tricks and questions
« Reply #616 on: January 23, 2018, 08:27:28 PM »
How do I jump in my inbox to a particular date a few years ago?

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Re: Gmail tips, tricks and questions
« Reply #617 on: January 23, 2018, 08:42:23 PM »
How do I jump in my inbox to a particular date a few years ago?
You can type this in the search box
Code: [Select]
before:2016-10-01 after:2016-09-01Modify the dates to suit your needs.

Or, you can click the tiny down arrow at the right of the search box, and in the advanced search, click where it says "within 1 day of" and a calendar will pop up where you can choose a date.

Either method may return all emails (not just in your inbox) from that date, so you can add "in:inbox" to whatever is in the search box to just search within inbox.

Additionally, if you have gmail sorted into categories (primary/promotions/updates...) you can add "category:primary" to just search the primary tab.
Workflowy. You won't know what you're missing until you try it.

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Re: Gmail tips, tricks and questions
« Reply #618 on: January 23, 2018, 08:47:50 PM »
How do I jump in my inbox to a particular date a few years ago?

Click the down arrow in the search box for search options

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Re: Gmail tips, tricks and questions
« Reply #619 on: January 24, 2018, 01:35:58 AM »
Thank you!!