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I ran a search on my messages including


I also tried


however I am still getting starred messages in my search results


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Those conversations are coming up because stars are applied to individual messages, not conversations. So, at least one message in the conversation lacks the star and so meets your -is:starred criterium.

If you star all the messages in that conversation I'll bet the conversation drops out of your search results.

Labels work in much the same way, which is why it can be problematic to search for negative criteria.

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I think if you remove then re-add the star from that view, it'll add a star to the conversation. Then again, it's probably just as likely that it'll just add the star to the latest message. – Al E. Jan 18 '14 at 23:21
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Labels appears to work better with conversations, so I am going to go with that.



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