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When sending email in Gmail, the last message in the mail is sometimes sent by me. I hit the reply button, meaning to send the email to everyone else, but the email ends up being addressed only to myself.

What happens next is that I end up wondering for several days why no-one has replied before checking the mail and discovering the mistake that I made.

Is there any way to filter mail in Gmail sent from myself to myself? I use my Gmail as a client to send mail from multiple accounts.

The current search I'm attempting is as such, but it's not working as I would like it to.

(From: johndoe@gmail.com OR johndoe@outlook.com -*) AND (To: johndoe@gmail.com OR johndoe@outlook.com -*)
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My understanding of adding the "-" to a search is that it will exclude those matching things, and * seems like a rather broad wildcard to exclude. Are the results even worse if you take out that exclusion on both the 'From' and 'To'? – panhandel Nov 26 '13 at 23:30
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Even though the two halves (From:...) and (To:...) are enclosed in parenthesis, I think you will get more accurate results if you prefix both addresses in each half with the From: or To: accordingly(see below). As it is now, I think it is searching for the second email address of each half anywhere in any message.


(From: johndoe@gmail.com OR From: johndoe@outlook.com) AND (To: johndoe@gmail.com OR To: johndoe@outlook.com)
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Thanks for your suggestion. The problem why that doesn't work is that I still get mail that I send to a mailing list that I am a member of; Ideally, I would like to search for mail that is only sent to me. (This is the mail that causes real problems) – Vincent Tjeng Nov 27 '13 at 17:32
I see @VincentTjeng . Do those mailing list emails contain anything in the 'To' like "on behalf of" that you might be able to exclude perhaps? – panhandel Nov 27 '13 at 17:48
After investigating further, I realize that this was my mistake. In all those mails which I thought were wrongly flagged, I had in fact cc-ed myself within the mail (which Google interprets as being included under a 'to:' ) Your method works well - thank you! – Vincent Tjeng Nov 27 '13 at 19:17

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