Google announced today on the official Gmail blog that advanced search in Gmail has been expanded. You can now scour your mail with more flexible date search options, by attachment size, exact query match, and more.

The new syntax works in any version of Gmail, including the Android app, allowing you to use flags like 'size:value' and 'older_than:value' in order to pare down results. For example, below we've used 'size:5m' and 'older_than:1y' to search for mail with attachments of 5MB and that are older than a year, respectively. You can find the full list of advanced search flags here, including the new ones.


Will you guys find yourself using this new functionality much? How often do you use custom searches like this?

Gmail Blog, Gmail Support

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  • Stephen Zipprich

    I doubt I'll use it that much, if ever. It's nice to have the options though.

  • IncCo

    I want them to update gmail to the 4.2 version already !!!

    • Dan

      Yeah where the hell is pinch to zoom gone... It was working!

  • Bleakvision

    Using those flags is a poor implementation. As I use them only occasionally, I have to look them up every time.

  • D.C.

    Hallelujah for the "size:" parameter. Now I can easily manage my storage limit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6706714 Ofir Fatal

    Excellent, this has been long anticipated and highly requested. Honestly I'm surprised it took so long for them to roll this out (but I'm not a programmer so don't shoot me)

  • anonymous

    What about the regular email app?

  • coversnails

    Surely they could make it more user friendly, just make an advanced search option with a UI method to change all the parameters

  • Dan

    what happened to pinch to zoom in the 4.2 gapps package I was playing with before I updated to Android 4.2... epic fail. They finally fixed the bug that I was most upset about with gmail and then didnt publish the fix? wtf.