Search in Gmail

You can find an email in your inbox with search terms. To help you search faster, Gmail suggests search terms as you enter words. These search terms are based on information from your Gmail account, like messages, contacts, labels, or past searches.

How to search

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. At the top, in the search box, enter your search criteria.
  • When you search a person’s email address, the results also show emails that include their alias. To limit the search to only the original email, enclose the search criteria in double quotes. For example: "".
  • When you search “from:email", the results also return Drive files shared by that email address.

  3. Press Enter.

Search for a specific email

Important: Search won't work in offline mode.

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. In the Search Box at the top, enter what you'd like to find.
  3. Press Enter. A list of emails will show. 
  4. To further refine the search, use the search filter chips below the Search Box or the search operators in the Search Box.
    • To use the search filter chips, click on them. You can click as many as you want. 

Tip: You can also search for emails from a particular sender. In your inbox, right-click on an email from the sender.

Search Spam & Trash

Gmail won't show messages from Spam or Trash in your results.

Here's how to see search messages in Spam and Trash:

  1. On your computer, open Gmail.
  2. In the Search Box at the top of the page, click the Down arrow Drop down arrow.
  3. In the drop-down menu next to "Search," select Mail & Spam & Trash.
  4. Enter your search information.
  5. At the bottom, click Search.
How searches are saved
The words you use to search and browse in Gmail are saved for you. This feature improves suggestions when you search in the future.

Clear search history

  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. At the top, click the search box. Your most recent search may show. 
  3. Go to the search and click Delete .

You can also clear your search history from Google servers. Learn how to delete your activity.

Was this helpful?
How can we improve it?
Clear search
Close search
Google apps
Main menu
Search Help Center