Isolating a needle in a haystack

Gmail
​​Examples of search
Search for emails which has attachment
has:attachment  Search for messages with an attachment Example: from:david has:attachment
Meaning: Messages from David that have an attachment


Search for emails which is in a particular folder


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 MailSpam, andTrash 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 inTrash
 For more tips please visit the Google advanced search page.
Google Search
If you would like to learn more about Google search, this self paced video tutorial is a very good starting point. This video will show some of the things you already know but also teach you how you can query Google using certain ​search ​operators that computers
​can ​understand.
 
For ex:

Exclude a word

-search

Add a dash (-) before a word or site to exclude all results that include that word. This is especially useful for words with multiple meanings, like Jaguar the car brand and jaguar the animal.

jaguar speed -car

pandas -site:wikipedia.org

Search within a site or domain

site:

Get results only from certain sites or domains. For example, you can find all mentions of “olympics” on the NBC website, or any .gov websites.

olympics site:nbc.com 

olympics site:.gov 

 

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