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Search in Gmail

You can search to find your messages in Gmail, including messages in Spam or Trash. 

How to search

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. In the search box at the top of the page, write what you're looking for.
  3. Click Search Search.

I can't find a message

If you can't find a message you're looking for, try these tips:

  • Inside the search box, click the Down arrow Down Arrow. This opens up a page with more ways to filter your search results.
  • If you're searching by a label name, try searching by subject line, sender, or other keyword. It's possible that the label was only added to one message in the conversation, not the message you're looking for.
  • Use search operators to filter your search results.

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. Open Gmail.
  2. In the search box at the top of the page, click the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  3. In the drop-down menu next to "Search," select Mail & Spam & Trash.
  4. Fill in the boxes with the information you're looking for.
  5. At the bottom, click Search 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 & App Activity setting is turned on. To see and control your saved activity, visit My Activity.

Vivian is a Gmail expert and the author of this help page. Leave her feedback about this help page.

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