At least once a week, I find myself poking around in my Gmail history for some phone number or link or attachment that I suddenly need again. But, as a long time Gmail user, that history has grown to an unmanageable size. Sifting through the results can be a daunting task- especially if I don’t remember the context of what I’m looking for.
So, when I needed to re-download a document my wife sent to me back in July of last year, I figured I would just have to do a simple search for everything she’s sent me and then spend half an hour clicking the “Older” button in the search results until I reached the page with emails from that period. Fortunately, I discovered an easier way: Gmail Advanced Search.
Use the drop down menu at the far right of the Gmail search field. Then, enter your specific search parameters to quickly zero in on your target.
If you need even more search options, check out Google’s support page for a full list of advanced search operators.
I suppose it’s not a “little known” feature of Google’s free email service, but for me, it was unknown until yesterday. Now that I know about the feature, I’ll always be able to find urgently needed documents. (Okay, it was a funny cat picture my wife sent me a year ago.)