Thursday, January 6, 2011

Yahoo mail search tips

You can also use the minus sign (“-”) to remove specific messages from your search results. For example:
  • To find messages that mention a person but aren’t from that person, type:
    person -from:person
  • To find messages containing specific text, but not from a specific user, type:
    text -from:user
  • To find messages containing specific text that do not contain other specific text, type:
    text -otherText

Header Shortcuts
Search your folders for a specific recipient. You can use a name, a fragment at the beginning of a name, or a full first and last name in quotes (if the mail was sent with the full name in the To: field). No space after the
bcc:“Mary Poppins”
From:The From: shortcut can be used to search for a specific sender. You can use a name, a fragment at the beginning of a name, or a full name in quotes (if the mail was sent with the full name in the From: field). Use quotes for full names.from:Mikki
from:“Mikki Tucker”
Subject:The Subject: shortcut can be used to search for messages containing specific text in the subject. Use quotes for multiple-word subjects.subject:dinner
subject:“favorite route”

Attachment Shortcuts
The attachment shortcuts can be used to search for properties of an attachment.
Shortcut Description Examples
attachment:Search for text inside any text-based attachment (it can’t search for words in a picture).attachment:reservation
attachment:“great year”
attachmentname:Search for messages containing attachments with the specified text in the filename. attachmentname:reservation
attachmentname:“final results”
attachmentcount:Search for messages with a specified number of attachments. To find messages with more or less than a specific number of attachments, use the greater-than or less-than symbol. attachmentcount:1
attachmenttype:Search for messages containing a certain type of attachment (for example PDFs). Your choices are:
.pdf file: pdf
.doc or .rtf file: msword
.xls, .xlsb, xlsm, .xlsx: excel
.txt: text
.bmp,.gif, .jpg, .png, tiff: image
.bmp: bmp
.jpg: jpeg
.gif: gif
.png: png
.tif, .tiff: tiff
.mpg, .mpeg (MPEG movie): mpeg
attachmentlanguages:Search for attachments in a specific language. Your choices are:
  • Chinese: cn
  • French: fr
  • German: de
  • Indian: in
  • Japanese: jp
  • Korean: kr
  • Spanish: es

Gmail Search Tips

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

Operator Definition Example(s)
from: Used to specify the sender Example: from:amy
Meaning: Messages from Amy
to: Used to specify a recipient Example: to:david
Meaning: All messages that were sent to David (by you or someone else)
subject: Search for words in the subject line Example: 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
Used to exclude messages from your search Example: 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:attachment Search for messages with an attachment Example: from:david has:attachment
Meaning: Messages from David that have an attachment
list: Search for messages on mailing lists Example:
Meaning: Messages with the words in the headers, sent to or from this list
filename: Search for an attachment by name or type Example: 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
" "
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"
Search for messages in Inbox, Trash, or Spam Example: in:trash from:amy
Meaning: Messages from Amy that are in Trash
Search within messages that Priority Inbox considers important. Example: is:important from:janet
Meaning: Messages from Janet that were marked as important by Priority Inbox
Search for messages that are starred, unread or read Example: is:read is:starred from:David
Meaning: Messages from David that have been read and are marked with a star
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
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 messages Example: 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 header Example:
Meaning: Any message with 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).

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Google Search Tips

  • link:URL = lists other pages that link to the URL.
  • related:URL = lists other pages that are related to the URL.
  • “search term = restricts search results to the given domain.
  • allinurl:WORDS = shows only pages with all search terms in the url.
  • inurl:WORD = like allinurl: but filters the URL based on the first term only.
  • allintitle:WORD = shows only results with terms in title.
  • intitle:WORD = similar to allintitle, but only for the next word.
  • cache:URL = will show the Google cached version of the URL.
  • info:URL = will show a page containing links to related searches, backlinks, and pages containing the url. This is the same as typing the url into the search box. 
  • filetype:SOMEFILETYPE = will restrict searches to that filetype
  • -filetype:SOMEFILETYPE = will remove that file type from the search.
  • “” = shows you how many pages of your site are indexed by google
  • allintext: = searches only within text of pages, but not in the links or page title
  • allinlinks: = searches only within links, not text or title
  • WordA OR WordB = search for either the word A or B
  • “Word” OR “Phrase” = search exact word or phrase
  • WordA -WordB = find word A but filter results that include word B
  • WordA +WordB = results much contain both Word A and Word B
  • ~WORD = looks up the word and its synonyms
  • ~WORD -WORD = looks up only the synonyms to the word