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I'm trying to move over to gmail.

Here's something I do all the time in another mailer. I receive a message from somebody ("LYN LINDY", for example). While reading this message I want to see all of the other messages in my archive from the same person. Is there an easy way to do that in gmail?

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Use the advanced search operator. In the search box, type "from: lyn" and you'll get an auto-complete of email addresses. Pick the one you want and you'll get all email from that person. You can also use "to: lyn" to see email you sent them.

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You could also use the labs Quick Links feature (mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=145401) to make this operation easier. –  Whitingx Sep 22 '10 at 13:01
    
Thanks! Very much appreciated. –  vy32 Sep 23 '10 at 11:09
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In the newest version of Gmail, the person's name appears on the right side of the page with a few icons underneath it. One icon is a small downward arrow - if you hover over it, it says "More actions." Click on it, and choose "Recent mail from." Very handy feature.

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Thanks. It is handy, but it doesn't show everything, alas. –  vy32 Sep 12 '13 at 0:26
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While either looking at the list of email messages or an individual message, hover your mouse pointer over the sender's name. You'll get a popup card with information on the sender (more if they're in your contacts). Down at the bottom is a link labeled "Emails".

If you click that link it will run a custom search to show you all of the messages where that email address is in either the To: field or the From: field. To wit, it automatically generates a search string for you like this:

from:sender@example.com OR to:sender@example.com
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