Guide To Find Old Emails In Gmail - E - mail tips and tricks

April 3, 2020 Category : Gmail
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In this article, Tipsmail.info teaches you how to search for older or hard-to-find messages in Gmail using a computer. You can search your email by date, sender, or message content.

1. Searching by Date On a Computer

Step 1. Go to https://www.gmail.com. If you’re not already signed in to your account, sign in now.

Step 2. Click the triangle icon in the search bar. It’s on the right side of the search bar. This displays the search filter options.

Step 3. Click the “Date Within” dropdown menu. It’s near the bottom of the search filter option.

Step 4. Select a date within. This will select a before an after range for a date. You can select a variety of “Date within” ranges within 1 Day, to 1 Year.

Step 5. Click the line next the “Date Within” line. It has an icon that resembles a calendar on the right. This displays a calendar you can use to select a date.

Step 6. Select a date. Click a day on the calendar to select a date. Click “<” or “>” at the top of the calendar to move forward or backwards a month.
+ Make sure “All mail” is selected in the line next “Search” at the bottom of the Search Filter options.

+ You can refine your search more by typing the name or email address of a recipient or sender in the “To:” or “From:” lines of the search filter options. To search for words or phrases in the email or subject line, type the words or phrase in the line that says “Has the words”.

Step 7. Click Search. It’s the blue button at the bottom of the search filter options. This searches for emails within the date range before and after the date you selected.

+ Alternatively, you can search for emails before a specific date by typing “before:” followed by a date in YYYY/MM/DD format in the search bar. For example you could search for old emails by typing something before:2018/04/08 in the search bar.

+ You can also search for emails within a date range by typing “after:” followed by the starting date in YYYY/MM/DD format, followed by “before:” followed by an end date in YYYY/MM/DD format in the search bar. For example, you can search for emails within the month of may by typing after:2019/05/01 before:2019/05/31 in the search bar.

+ You can narrow your search further by typing the name or email address of a recipient or sender after the date, or words and phrases contained within the email.

2. Searching by Sender or Content

Step 1. Go to https://www.gmail.com. If you’re not already signed in to your account, sign in now.

+ If you’re using Gmail on your phone or tablet, tap the red and white envelope labeled “Gmail” on your home screen or in the app drawer.

+ This method will search all messages in your Gmail account, including those you’ve archived.

Step 2. Click or tap the search bar. It’s at the top of the screen.

Step 3. Type your search terms into the search bar. The search bar is at the top of Gmail. Here are some different ways you can search for specific senders, recipients, and keywords:

+ Search by sender: Type from:sender into the search bar, but replace “sender” with the name or email address of the person who sent the message(s).

+ Search by recipient: Type to:recipient, but replace “recipient” with the name or email address of the person you sent a message to.

+ Search by word or phrase: Type “word or phrase”, but replace “word or phrase” with the word or phrase you’re searching for

+ Search by subject: Type subject:word, but replace “word” with a word you remember from the subject.

+ You can also combine search terms. For example, if you wanted to see messages from [email protected] with the word “learn” in the subject, you would type: from:[email protected] subject:learn.

+ See the Searching by Date method to learn how to view messages received before, after, or between specific dates.

Step 4. Press ↵ Enter or ⏎ Return. Your search results will now display ordered by date, with the newest message at the top of the list.

+ If you’re using a computer, you’ll see the number of messages that match your search above the top-right corner of the results. If the count says something like, “1-50 of 133” (the number will vary), use the arrows on the right to see the next page of results.

+ If there are hundreds of search results or more, you can re-order the results from oldest to newest. Click the number of results, then select Oldest to do this.

3. Viewing Deleted Messages on a Computer

Step 1. Go to https://www.gmail.com. If you’re not already signed in to your account, sign in now.

+ Use this method if you want to view or restore a message you’ve already deleted from Gmail.

+ Deleted messages remain in the Trash folder for 30 days before they are purged permanently. Purged messages cannot be recovered.

Step 2. Click Trash. It’s in the menu that runs along the left side of the screen. This displays a list of all messages that haven’t yet been permanently deleted.

+ If you only see icons instead of menu options, click the trash can icon.

+ You may have to click More at the bottom of the menu.

Step 3. Open a message. You can do this by clicking the message’s subject. The original contents of the message will appear.

Step 4. Click the icon that resembles a folder with an arrow pointing right. It’s at the top of the screen below the search bar. This is the “Move to” icon. This displays a drop-down menu of folders in your Gmail and Google account.

Step 5. Click Inbox. It’s in the drop-down menu that appears when you click on the “Move to” icon. This moves email messages from your Trash folder back to your Inbox folder.

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