How To Find Gmail Messages With Attachments In A Quick Easy Way

How To Find Gmail Messages With Attachments In A Quick Easy Way
Yogesh Mankani   July 26, 2014 Internet Tips Software

Gmail – one of the best product I have ever seen from the Google team and also better than all of its rival. I am sure there are millions and millions of people out there who also loved Gmail and using it in their day to day life.

No matter what you are and what you do, Gmail offers great features for all. First of all, it is completely free services, offers you an ample free storage, you can check your Gmail account offline via IMAP, access through POP3, great gadgets and gmail labs feature makes it more interesting and productive.

I am loyal Gmail user for years and thinking one day without Gmail is like a nightmare to me. Because of using Gmail for so many years, all my important emails and documents are stored in my account. There are chances that many time you need to look up old mails and attachments for some important work. And thanks to Gmail team, it has a smart feature that helps us to search through hundreds of email and attachments.

In this article, I am coming up with really quick easy ways to find out emails with attachments in your Gmail inbox even if you don’t remember the name of the sender, file name, date received etc.

This post also focus on freeing some space and don’t able to find out large attachments in your inbox. This will surely be helpful for designers, photographers and officers who mostly receive large files containing images, artwork files, pdf files. etc.

Without wasting any time further, have a look on our article focusing on complete guide on how to find Gmail messages with attachments in a quick easy way.

Search Attachments in Email With Simple Commands

  • has:attachment – This query returns with all email having attachements.
  • has:attachment doc – This query returns with all the emails having doc files attached to it.
  • has:attachment pdf – Simple query to find out all emails having .pdf files attached to it.
  • filename:google*.doc – This query returns with all the emails having doc files attached to it and has “google” in the beginning of these doc file name.
  • filename:*google*.doc – Works same as above with only difference that it returns all the attachments having “google” anywhere in the file name.
  • filename:.doc OR filename:.html – Simple query to find out all the emails having .doc or .html files or both attached to it.
  • filename:.doc AND filename:.html – This query will return only those emails having both .doc and .html files attached to it.

See File Extension and File Name of Email Attachments

When you use these commands, you can easily find the attachments in your Emails but there is one disadvantage of using such commands – you cannot find the name of the file attachment until you open the message, scroll down to the end and read the attached file name.

Don’t worry my friends, let me help you finding email attachments much easier than ever before. Install Pimp My Gmail – it’s a amazing Greasemonkey script that is compatible with Google Chrome, Firefox and Opera. It helps you to quickly see the icon representing the attached file extension in front of the Email subject and hovering the icon will let you know the full name of the attached file.

Let’s see how it works, enter the desired command from above in the search field and hit enter :

You can see it returned the results with icons of attached files in front of the email subject and when I hover one of them, script helped me to know the name of that attached file.

Find Big Size Attachments and Free Some Space

Though space provided by Gmail is more than enough for a normal user but sometimes it can be run low if you are a heavy user or designer. Being as a designer, I have to send to large email attachments to my clients and get same from them for changes. This whole process takes a lot of space in my Inbox and this running out of space. I am sure you face such problems too sometimes using Gmail.

So, I have a quick solution to quickly sort out the large attachments by size. A free service called Find Big Mail allows you to sort your messages by size.

Just click on the above link, enter your gmail address. Now, it will ask you to grant access to your Gmail account ( don’t worry. program is using Gmail OAuth so it will not store your Gmail password). After giving access to the program, it will scan your account and send you a email notification that brings you the stats page. This may take just a few minutes or more than an hour depending on your mailbox size and location.

After getting your stats, you can now login to your Gmail Account to see new labels created FindBIGMail tool. The labels will give you the idea about your largest emails by size and organize it in the same way.

Just click on each label to check the messages and you can delete that seems to unimportant or you no longer need that.


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