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With the new GMail inbox, I've gotten into the habit of ignoring everything that's not in the Primary inbox. I don't care about anything that's in any of the other inboxes (inboxen?). When I search for something, I only want to see things from my primary inbox. However, searching for something brings up results from all the inboxes. How can I only search the Primary inbox?

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I wish that Gmail had made this simple. Like "in:inbox is:unread category:primary". –  Shashank Sawant Oct 2 '13 at 2:55
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Doesn't look like the "category" filter knows how to filter to the "Primary" inbox, but you can do it by excluding the other categories like so:

in:inbox -category:(updates OR promotions OR social OR forums)

Or, to show just unread messages in the "Primary" inbox:

in:inbox -category:(updates OR promotions OR social OR forums) is:unread
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Gmail now supports

category:primary is:unread
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This seems correct, but it would be nice if you could link to a source for your information. –  Vidar S. Ramdal Dec 20 '13 at 11:09
    
support.google.com/mail/answer/7190 would seem to be the source for the information, but I don't see that it was announced anywhere. –  Al E. Dec 20 '13 at 12:56
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Confirmed, as of 1-30-14, "is:unread category:primary" works.

I think I've been using "is:unread category:primary-inbox" for a while but I think they just discontinued it, because it wasn't working for me today.

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category:primary is:unread works better than in:inbox -category:(updates OR promotions OR social OR forums) is:unread. The latter, for me, excluded other unread emails from my primary inbox.

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You can just simple write:

in:inbox (Space) [Search Term]

Like so:

in:inbox personalstuff
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as in in:inbox test –  Syed Umar Ahmed Aug 28 '13 at 8:31
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here is an example of advance search enter image description here

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down voted with -1 for what ? –  Syed Umar Ahmed Dec 23 '13 at 7:15
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