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Just for fun I wanted to know how many emails a friend has sent me over the years (in gmail). I tried doing a search but it the total only shows x to y of z where z is just an estimate. I then tried to go the very last page (modified querystring) but realized Z is just number of conversations, which is not a true count of individual emails sent. I then tried creating a filter to see if that would give a more precise number, but it is the same.

So the question: is there any built-in way in gmail to find a real total of how many emails a user has sent? My guess is the only way to get this is to import the email into a desktop app and user its counting mechanism.

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Try disabling conversation view and try running the search. That may help

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You are right - this worked! I also noticed you can click on the x -y of z which shows options "newest/oldest" so very easy to get to the end. Grand total was 3279 :) – MorganTiley Aug 17 '11 at 17:14

Try Xobni for gmail. It puts a little sidebar in your Gmail and offers robust tracking statistics about contacts. For example, you'll see an interactive message history that includes the subject line of the first email you ever exchanged, as well as a graph featuring message frequency, etc.

Unfortunately I don't think it can isolate specific stats on how many emails the other has sent to you, but you do get a precise count on the number of emails exchanged. You can see an example in the screenshot I took below.

Hope that helps. Download link is below if you want to try it out. (They also have one for outlook.)



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very nice! thank you – MorganTiley Aug 16 '12 at 14:21

You want to try going for the number of conversations - number of chats.

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i am looking for exact number of emails. thanks though – MorganTiley Aug 17 '11 at 17:15
That would have given the number of e-mails. – soandos Aug 17 '11 at 17:53

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