Let's say I want to search the items that I sent to other people for messages on a topic. In other email apps, I'd typically go to that folder then hit search (and only broaden to all folders if I couldn't find what I wanted there). Gmail assumes you want to search everything - what's the simplest way to limit this? (As I'm typing this, an idea occurs to me, but I'll ask a related question.)
How can I easily refer to myself in Gmail search? I'd like to say "to:me" or something similar to refer to emails sent to this account, or from this account, etc. rather then having to specify/select this account's address from my contacts.