Search in Gmail

You can search messages in Gmail by email, date, size, or other keyword in your Inbox, Spam, or Trash.

How to search

  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.

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.

I see suggestions when I search

To help you search faster, Gmail suggests search terms as you type. These search terms are based on information from your Gmail account, like messages, contacts, labels, or past searches.

How searches are saved

To improve search suggestions, your Gmail searches and browsing activity are saved in your Google Account if the Web and App Activity setting is turned on. To see and control your saved activity, visit My Activity.

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