Handy Graphic That Illustrates All The Known Gmail Search Operators

Gmail is no exception when it comes to the plethora of search operators that it supports to assist you with finding that elusive email that literally can be buried in thousands and thousands of emails. Below you will find a handy graphic that I want to share with you that illustrates all the known search operators. I received this graphic in my government work email account and thought I would share it with you here on the blog.

A search operator (sometimes referred to as a search parameter) is a character or string of characters used in a search engine query to narrow the focus of the search. [source: Whatis.com].

To apply one of the search operators, you simply enter the search operator parameter (or command) in the Gmail search box for whatever it is you need to track or narrow down. For example, let’s say I wanted to find all unread emails in my account. I would simply enter in the search box, is:unread from the list below and like magic, all unread emails will instantly appear.



Search the Internet better with fefoo…

Fefoo is a search application that changes the way we use search engines. Fefoo is an application that is engineered to work with multiple search engines to make your searches more effective and better. FeFoo is designed to search by categories; thus, making your search more refined from the time you start searching. As a result you spend less time searching.  Loading fefoo is very, very fast. The first time you use fefoo it is cached (saved) automatically to your disk thus making subsequent load times in the milliseconds. Another neat thing about fefoo is that you can add and remove categories.



How does fefoo work?

The first time you visit fefoo, it gets cached on your browser. After that everytime you search its done on your computer. That is one reason why it feels so fast. There are no roundtrips back to the server every time you search. The search is as fast as the search engine that you are using. fefoo works transparently without adding any overhead while searching.

How to add fefoo as a search provider?

When you are on the fefoo homepage you will see add to browser button on the top right hand corner. If you don’t see the button, currently there is no known way to add search to your browser. (If you know a way to add it please do leave a feedback). In any case you can always bookmark fefoo. You can also set it as your homepage. Since it runs from the cache its almost as fast as setting the homepage toabout:blank

After you perform a search with fefoo, a search bar will appear at the top of the browser to assist with further searching.  This search bar is not permanent and only appears when you perform a search.


The more I use fefoo the more I am liking it.  Definitely a keeper on my PC.


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How to make your “Google Searches” more powerful…

Google is like a household name when it comes to search engines; BUT, do you really know how to make it work? Most of us when we want to search for something we “Google It” by typing in what we are looking for in the search query box, not giving much thought that there are other options available that will enhance and make the search results more powerful and refined. The options which I am referring to are called “operators” or “commands”. We normally input words into the search query box and the search engine will search the database for any page and page title containing the words. Before I show you where to get the operators or commands, let me give some examples of the more common ones that I have learned to use. (You can click on the links below to see the results in Google).

Google Search

Did you know you can search for specific phrases by simply placing the text in quotes? Here is a phrase, in quotations that I entered into the Google search query box: “I find that the harder I work”

Another easy example is finding definition to words. By inputting: define pickle OR define:pickle we will arrive with the definitions to pickle.

Looking for the weather?  Type: weather:21740

Looking for a page with a specific title? Type: intitle:what’s on my pc

Looking for a movie listing in your area? Type: movie:21740

Need to translate the language on a page:  Just copy the URL of the page you need translated into the Google query. The URL is the “www” address that you type into the address bar. The first result should show the page and you will see [ translate ] next to the result.  Click [ translate ] and the page will be translated, as closely as possible, into your native language.

Need to track your UPS or FedEx Shipment?  Just type the tracking number into the Google query box.

Looking for a person or phone number? Enter any combination of the following into the Google query box:

  • first name (or first initial), last name, city (state is optional)
  • first name (or first initial), last name, state
  • first name (or first initial), last name, area code
  • first name (or first initial), last name, zip code
  • phone number, including area code
  • last name, city, state
  • last name, zip code Don’t want your information in the Google phonebook? You’ll want to visit this page: Google Phonebook Name Removal (http://www.google.com/help/pbremoval.html).

Looking for a specific topic in Wikpedia (online free encyclopedia)?  Type “wiki” and whatever you are looking for into the Google query: wiki amazing grace

Where do you learn about and find the Google commands and operators?

“Google Guide” (by Nancy Blachman)

“Google Guide Cheat Sheet (by Nancy Blachman)

Basic search help

More search help

Search extras


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