Search Spam and Trash

Gmail doesn't search for message in Spam or Trash unless you tell it to. Here's how you can include spam and trash in your search results:

  1. Click the small arrow in the search box at the top of any Gmail page.
    Gmail Search Box
  2. Click the drop-down menu under "Search" and select Mail & Spam & Trash.
  3. Enter all other criteria for your search in the appropriate fields.
  4. Click the blue search button.

Learn more about advanced search in Gmail.

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