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I want to create a Gmail filter that identifies all sent mail. If I were to do the same for all the spam message, I know I could use is:spam. Is there a similar command for sent mail? Something like is:sentmail?

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Search right? Because you can't create an incoming filter on sent mail – Eight Days of Malaise Jul 9 '12 at 0:20
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Sent messages are labeled as "sent", so you can use that to search for them. Either is:sent, in:sent or label:sent should work.

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For my delegated (2nd/linked) gmail account, is:sent and in:sent seem to behave differently, showing entire conversations, not just the sent mail? – w3dk Jul 10 '12 at 8:52
Strictly speaking in: returns mail in a location while is: searches for a status. Gmails treatment of pretty much everything as labels caps off the trilogy. For me they are essentially the same but your situation could be different. – John C Jul 10 '12 at 12:36

Some additional help.

Use gmail shorthand : l:^f – Sent Mail

See the ultimate guide for more advanced searches.

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