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I'm searching for a message on or about a particular date and rather than scrolling through my emails to go back about a year, I'd like to know a search method to only find emails from a particular date or date range. How can I do this with Gmail?

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You can use the before and after keywords in your search, for example:

after:2012/4/26 before:2012/5/3

To search for emails between April 26, 2012 and May 3, 2012.

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  1. In the right hand side of the gmail search bar there is a drop-down arrow- click it. gmail search

  2. The drop-down includes a date range option, and you should be all set from there gmail search date

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I put together a redirect for searching just 'back n days' that does the simple (and for me, most common use case)

Writing a search for ‘inbox NOT including today’ is slightly counterintuitive and somewhat of a pain so I put together a custom redirect of my own that brings up the stuff from yesterday:

http://joereddington.com/back/0

That redirects you to your inbox with a custom search string, showing only those emails that turned up before today. It’s parameterisable so

http://joereddington.com/back/4

takes you back four days and

http://joereddington.com/back/10

takes you back ten days

Code, screenshots, and reasoning are all at http://joereddington.com/4008/2014/08/04/gmail-for-yesterdays-jobs/

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