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I'm trying to find mails that have one address in the recipients but another not in it.

I'm trying things like and not and from:( and not

None of them work, and I can't find a good help page about boolean operators either.

Anyone has any idea?

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Actually, your search doesn’t make much sense—you can’t receive an email from more than one recipient, so form: someone but-not-from: someone else can’t really work. You are probably trying to search for emails that were sent only to a restricted group of recipients. –  Alex Sep 24 '12 at 12:29

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The 'or' function in Gmail is represented by 'OR,' and the 'not' function is represented by a minus (-). You also can use quotes (" ") to specify an exact phrase.

From the Gmail help page on Boolean operators.

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And the AND operator? Does just adding 2 restrictions make it an AND by default? –  Steven Roose Sep 24 '12 at 12:15
AND is the default. –  Asa Aug 14 '13 at 14:42

For not in Google, use -, like so:
share|improve this answer doesn't seem to work for me when there are multiple messages in the same "conversation". Since SOME of those messages were NOT from, it consider it a match and moves the ENTIRE conversation, even though one of the messages WAS from so I would like the entire conversation to stay in the inbox... It's really tricky when Gmail tries to group things into conversations based on message similarity of subject/body! I wish the REPLIES to these messages could show up in my inbox even though the ORIGINALS got archived... –  Tyler Rick Dec 27 '12 at 18:36

This will work:

This puts all messages from any sender at into a folder except those from the individual

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