Gmail’s search is getting an important update that will allow it’s users to more easily narrow down the search results to help them find a specific email.
Before today, users had to type in search filters by hand or use the drop-down button to perform an advanced search. But these options were cumbersome and therefore were under-utilized by most of the Gmail users. With the new upgraded version of Gmail search, new filters — which Google refers to as “search chips” — will appear directly below the search box for simple, one-click access.
At the launch, there are a variety of filters available, including those that will help you narrow down emails by sender, whether or not emails have an attachment, by time frame, and more. You also can use the new filters to exclude certain types of search results — like those that are calendar updates or chats, for example. And you can specify emails by attachment types, such as text, spreadsheet or Doc.
These new filters can also be used in combination, helping you to narrow down searches even more. For example, you could search an email with a colleague’s name, which included a Doc, and was sent last week, using just a few clicks on the filters.
As anyone who’s ever tried to find an email from their Gmail inbox knows, Google’s search system has needed a much important improvement. Even Google acknowledged this was true, noting in an announcement that it had heard from users that searching Gmail “could be faster and more intuitive.”
The new Gmail update is rolling out starting today, to G Suite users, and may take up to 15 days to complete, Google says.
G Suite users are the first to get this new feature, but Google confirmed that the plan is to bring these new filters to consumer Gmail after the G Suite rollout completes. The company doesn’t have an exact ETA for the consumer launch but doesn’t expect it to be too long after, we’re told.