Just for fun I wanted to know how many emails a friend has sent me over the years (in Gmail). I tried doing a search but the total only shows x to y of z where z is just an estimate. I then tried to go to the very last page (modified querystring) but realized Z is just number of conversations, which is not a true count of individual emails sent. I then tried creating a filter to see if that would give a more precise number, but it is the same.

Is there any built-in way in Gmail to find a real total of how many emails a user has sent?

My guess is the only way to get this is to import the email into a desktop app and use its counting mechanism.

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Try disabling conversation view and try running the search. That may help

  • You are right - this worked! I also noticed you can click on the x -y of z which shows options "newest/oldest" so very easy to get to the end. Grand total was 3279 :)
    – Morgan T.
    Commented Aug 17, 2011 at 17:14

You want to try going for the number of conversations - number of chats.

  • i am looking for exact number of emails. thanks though
    – Morgan T.
    Commented Aug 17, 2011 at 17:15
  • That would have given the number of e-mails.
    – soandos
    Commented Aug 17, 2011 at 17:53

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