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Some hidden and the coolest feature of Gmail

We know you’ve been using the Gmail for years and you know every corner of it. However, we suspect that there are some features available in Gmail that you may not know. Therefore, we’ve given five things that you may not know to do with Gmail to make sending, receiving, viewing, and finding attachments easier than ever.

1. Drag and drop attachments in
This is one of the finest features of Gmail. As the title says, you can simply drag the files from the Desktop right into the message when you’re composing. We’ve already submitted an article regarding this. If you want to use this feature, make sure that you’ve Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox 3.6.



2. You can select multiple attachments
Earlier we used to attach multiple files one by one with no use. Now, the work becomes simpler. All you have to do is, just multi select the files you want to attach by holding down the Ctrl Key and clicking on the each file you want to attach. If you hold down the Shift Key, you can select a continuous list of files.




3. You will never forget an attachment again

Gmail brings an enhanced feature as it looks for phrases in the E-mail and suggests you to attach a file like "I've attached" or "see attachment". Moreover, it will warn, if you forget to do so.



4. View attachments online without downloading

Usually, if you receive an attachment and you want to view it, there is no need to download or save the file to the Desktop. The Google Docs viewer lets you view .pdf, .ppt, and .tiff files from the browser. All you have to do is, just click on the “View” link at the bottom of the message.



5. Use the search option and fine the lost attachments

You can use the Gmail’s advanced search operators to find the attachments easily and accurately. Therefore, it is not required to open each every mail that has been sent to you.



You can also use advanced search operators by clicking on Show search options beneath the Gmail search box.


OperatorDefinitionExample(s)
from:Used to specify the senderExample: from:amy
Meaning: Messages from Amy
to:Used to specify a recipientExample: to:david
Meaning: All messages that were sent to David (by you or someone else)
subject: Search for words in the subject lineExample: subject:dinner
Meaning: Messages that have the word "dinner" in the subject
OR Search for messages matching term A or term B*
*OR must be in all caps
Example: from:amy OR from:david
Meaning: Messages from Amy or from David
-
(hyphen)
Used to exclude messages from your searchExample: dinner -movie
Meaning: Messages that contain the word "dinner" but do not contain the word "movie"
label: Search for messages by label*
*There isn't a search operator for unlabeled messages
Example: from:amy label:friends
Meaning: Messages from Amy that have the label "friends"

Example: from:david label:my-family
Meaning: Messages from David that have the label "My Family"
has:attachmentSearch for messages with an attachmentExample: from:david has:attachment
Meaning: Messages from David that have an attachment
list:Search for messages on mailing listsExample: list:info@example.com
Meaning: Messages with the words info@example.com in the headers, sent to or from this list
filename:Search for an attachment by name or typeExample: filename:physicshomework.txt
Meaning: Messages with an attachment named "physicshomework.txt"

Example: label:work filename:pdf
Meaning: Messages labeled "work" that also have a PDF file as an attachment
" "
(quotes)
Used to search for an exact phrase*
*Capitalization isn't taken into consideration
Example: "i'm feeling lucky"
Meaning: Messages containing the phrase "i'm feeling lucky" or "I'm feeling lucky"

Example: subject:"dinner and a movie"
Meaning: Messages containing the phrase "dinner and a movie" in the subject
( )Used to group words
Used to specify terms that shouldn't be excluded
Example: from:amy (dinner OR movie)
Meaning: Messages from Amy that contain either the word "dinner" or the word "movie"

Example: subject:(dinner movie)
Meaning: Messages in which the subject contains both the word "dinner" and the word "movie"
in:anywhere Search for messages anywhere in Gmail*
*Messages in Spam and Trash are excluded from searches by default
Example: in:anywhere movie
Meaning: Messages in All Mail, Spam, and Trash that contain the word "movie"
in:inbox
in:trash
in:spam
Search for messages in Inbox, Trash, or SpamExample: in:trash from:amy
Meaning: Messages from Amy that are in Trash
is:starred
is:unread
is:read
Search for messages that are starred, unread or readExample: is:read is:starred from:David
Meaning: Messages from David that have been read and are marked with a star
cc:
bcc:
Used to specify recipients in the cc: or bcc: fields*
*Search on bcc: cannot retrieve messages on which you were blind carbon copied
Example: cc:david
Meaning: Messages that were cc-ed to David
after:
before:
Search for messages sent during a certain period of time*
*Dates must be in yyyy/mm/dd format.
Example: after:2004/04/16 before:2004/04/18
Meaning: Messages sent between April 16, 2004 and April 18, 2004.*
*More precisely: Messages sent after 12:00 AM (or 00:00) April 16, 2004 and before April 18, 2004.
is:chat Search for chat messagesExample: is:chat monkey
Meaning: Any chat message including the word "monkey".
deliveredto: Search for messages within a particular email address in the Delivered-To line of the message headerExample: deliveredto:username@gmail.com
Meaning: Any message with username@gmail.com in the Delivered-To: field of the message header (which can help you find messages forwarded from another account or ones sent to an alias).

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