I want to create a Gmail filter that identifies all sent mail. If I were to do the same for all the spam message, I know I could use is:spam. Is there a similar command for sent mail? Something like is:sentmail?

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    Search right? Because you can't create an incoming filter on sent mail Jul 9 '12 at 0:20

Sent messages are labeled as "sent", so you can use that to search for them. Either is:sent, in:sent or label:sent should work.

  • For my delegated (2nd/linked) gmail account, is:sent and in:sent seem to behave differently, showing entire conversations, not just the sent mail?
    – MrWhite
    Jul 10 '12 at 8:52
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    Strictly speaking in: returns mail in a location while is: searches for a status. Gmails treatment of pretty much everything as labels caps off the trilogy. For me they are essentially the same but your situation could be different.
    – John C
    Jul 10 '12 at 12:36

Some additional help.

Use gmail shorthand : l:^f – Sent Mail

See the ultimate guide for more advanced searches.


At this time, Search operators you can use with Gmail, the official Gmail Help article doesn't include is:sent as a search operator.

I just did a couple of tests. On the Gmail web UI, is:sent is changed to in:sent while in Inbox by Gmail the search operator is unchanged but it's hard to know if the search results are the same as there isn't a total numbers of results or something similar to copare.

I think that it's better to use in:sent or label:sent because they are included in the official help articled referred above.

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