- Quick Links from Google Labs
- Advanced operator searches
Getting the "Quick Links" tool:
You can check out the article Manually Enable Gmail Labs in Your Account or you can just copy and paste this into your browser: https://mail.google.com/mail/?labs=1#settings. You will then see a green beaker in the top right of your Gmail screen just after your email address. Click on this icon and you will be taken to Gmail Labs where you'll see a tool called "Quick Links". Select 'Enable' and you will now have a "Quick Links" tool on the left pane of your email screen.
Using Advanced Operator Searches:
The best way to get results is to play with the operators in your search. You can find the search operators here. Here are some that I use:
- has:attachment (*.mov || *.wmv || *.wm) - With this in my searchfield, it will return any videos that were sent to me with the formats of .mov, .wmv or .wm.
- has:attachment (*.wav || *.mp3 || *.m4a || *.wma) -"You have received a new voicemail message" - This search string will return all .wav, .mp3, m4a and wma files that were attached, but that don't include the string "You have received a new voicemail message" in it. (I have my voicemails emailed to me and I don't want to include them in my music search.
Once you're happy with your search results (I'm sure I'll be tweaking mine for a while), and you have your search string in the search field, simply select "Add Quick Link" from your Quick Links tool. When it prompts you for a title of the search, enter a name and select "OK".
You will now have a custom search in your Gmail that will serve up all of your Videos or Music that was ever sent to you through Gmail.