Find emails

The fastest way to find emails is by searching your inbox.

Search your inbox

  1. On your computer, open Inbox.
  2. Search for a phrase or browse your inbox categories:
    • Search: In the search box at the top, enter the words you’re looking for.
    • Browse: On the left, select a section or label. If you don’t see them, click Menu Menu.
  3. Look through the results.

Pin emails in your inbox

To keep an email in your inbox, click Pin Pin.

To show only pinned items, go to the top of the page and click Show Pins Pin Slider.

Delete your search history

You can delete all past Inbox searches. Your Gmail search history won’t be deleted.

Tip: To delete only some of your Inbox searches, use the Inbox app.

  1. On your computer, open Inbox.
  2. Click Menu Menu and thenSettings Settings.
  3. If you're on a computer, click Other.
  4. If asked, select an account.
  5. Click Clear search history and then Clear.

Refine your search

Get more specific results with these search operators.

Basic operators
Operator How to use it
- Example: dinner -movie
+ Example: +unicorn
OR Includes messages which have term A or term B. OR must be in all caps.
( ) Lets operators work on a group of words.
" " Search for an exact phrase. Capitalization is ignored.
Operator How to use it
from: Find emails from a specific person.
to: Find emails to a specific person.
cc: Finds recipients in the cc field.
bcc: Finds recipients in the bcc field. You can’t find emails in which you were blind carbon copied.
Type of email
Operator How to use it
in: reminder Searches for reminders.
in: snoozed Searches for snoozed emails.
in: pinned Searches for pinned emails.
in: unread Searches for unread emails.
in: read Searches for read emails.
in: anywhere Search for messages anywhere in Inbox, even Spam, and Trash.
in: inbox Searches emails in your inbox.
in: trash Searches emails in your trash
in: spam Searches emails in spam.
In: [label] Searches for emails which have a certain label.
In: done Searches emails marked as done.
Operator How to use it
after: or newer: Search for messages sent or gotten after a certain time.
newer_than: Search by a relative date using d(ay), m(onth), and y(ear).
before: or older: Search for messages sent or gotten before a certain time.
older_than: Search by a relative date using d(ay), m(onth), and y(ear).
Email content
Operator How to use it
subject: Search for words in the subject.
filename: Search for an attachment by name or type
has: attachment Search for emails that have an attachment.
Advanced operators
Operator How to use it
rfc822msgid: Find a message by the message-id header
size: Search for messages larger than the specified size in bytes
deliveredto: Search for messages delivered to a particular email address

Find missing emails

If you can't find an important email or if many messages are missing, try these troubleshooting steps in Gmail.

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