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I want to search Gmail and bring up conversations that have only a certain number of messages in the thread.

Say I want to see a thread that has more than three messages in it. Is there a way to filter and show these conversations by how many messages are in it?

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Gmail advanced filters help indicates that there is no way to filter by number of messages in a conversation.

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I've been thinking about this for nearly 5 years now and it finally hit me.

You can't. Not in Gmail. But you can install an email client such as Thunderbird, sort the mails by subject, and then you can see the number of messages in a 'thread', IYCMD.

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