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Is it possible to do partial word searches in Gmail? For example, if I wanted to search for an email from Johndoe@gmail.com can I search for ndoe?

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No, as of now it's not possible.

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At least there's a workaround if you need to find an email where you only remember part of a word to search for. (BTW, this happens often to me.)

Import the set of email messages that you want to search in Mozilla Thunderbird. Install the ImportExportTools add-on and use it to export the messages locally to a searchable text format. Now use a tool such as Notepad++ to search. Such programs can easily make partial word searches in collections of files.

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