Our new improved attachment search is an extremely powerful way to find the files locked up in your Gmail. This guide will give you a better understanding of how to use the features of the improved search.
To begin your search, click on our menu at the top right of your Gmail, and click on 'Search Attachments'.
This will bring up our search dialog, which looks like this:
To do a search, type something into the search box. Searching from there will look for text inside the emails and inside the text of documents. After doing a search, you will get a list of attachments returned, that will look like this:
Each row shows a thumbnail, the filename, how long ago it was received, the email address of the sender and the subject of the email it was sent on.
There are controls on the right for changing how the attachments are sorted:
The controls on the top left allow you to switch between another type of view:
The other view shows larger thumbnails and is great when you're searching for an image.
When attachments have this symbol on them, it means they have been sent into one of your cloud storage accounts, clicking on it will take you to the history.
Clicking on the filename of an attachment takes you to the preview view of it. It looks like this:
Here you get a larger preview of the file. You also now have a full view of the history of the document. This includes who you received it from and what cloud storage you have sent it to. You can click on the folder it was sent to and be brought to that folder in the cloud storage solution.
There is also the large "Send to your cloud" button, which let's you save it to the cloud solution of your choosing.
Now let's have a look at a more advanced search. At the main attachment search dialog, you will see there is an arrow on the search bar.
Clicking the arrow brings up the advanced search dialog:
From advanced search you have a lot more control. Here's what each of the sections do:
Filetype: This allows you to filter on particular filetypes, like images, documents, archives, etc.
Includes the words: This will match files that have the words in the document or in the email
Sender's email: This filters files based on the sender's email
Filename: This will look for files with a specific filename. You can be fuzzy here. Typing 'cat' will find files called "funny_cat.jpg" as well as "cat.png".
Received between: This allows you to filter the files based on when they were received. Only files received within the range specified will be shown.
That sums up most of the functionality in the new attachment search. We hope you find it useful!