Using Colby Apps: Search your e-mail

When most people think of searching the web, they think of Google.  Google has revolutionized the way we find web pages by using a very complicated (and secretive) set of algorithms to take the words we give it and find what usually turns out to be a very helpful list of web pages.

Colby Apps e-mail’s web interface allows you to utilize some of those same search capabilities.

The search field (located above your list of messages and to the right of the Colby logo) allows you to search for individual words or sets of words.

For example, the following search will list all emails that contain the words “computer” and “screen” but not necessarily next to each other:

Search Operators: 

You can also use “search operators” to further refine your search.

For example, the following search will show all messages from Bro Adams:

 

Advanced Search:

Google also includes a search form that you can access by clicking the drop-down arrow at the far right end of the search field.  Here you can search for messages by keying in on the “From”, “To”, and “Subject” lines.  You can also include keywords in the “Has the words” or “Doesn’t have” fields.  The “Has attachment” checkbox will only show emails that have attachments.

By default any searches performed will search all your “labels” with the exception of the “Spam” and “Trash” labels.  To include items in those labels in your search results you will need to click on the drop-down arrow to expand the search form and then you will need to click on the drop-down arrow next to “All Mail” and either choose a specific label to search in or you can choose “Mail & Spam & Trash” to search everywhere.