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My starred emails disappeared from the top of my Gmail list and I can’t find them. I looked in trash with no luck. What can I do to find them?

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To find all emails with a star use the following search term: is:starred

To find only starred items in the inbox: is:starred in:inbox

to find them in some other label: is:starred label:labelname

Here are hints regarding searching in spam and trash and other advanced search hints

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To find e-mails that are starred, including those in Trash or Spam folder, search using this key phrase in the top search box of your gMail web client.

is:starred in:anywhere

By the way, this works in the Gmail iOS app too, as far as I know.

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My starred e-mails disappeared as well, and I also looked for them in trash and they weren't there, used the is:starred etc. I finally decided to try is:trash, and lo and behold, there they were. I checked them, moved them to my inbox and they reappeared in my starred e-mails. Hope that works for you as well.

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For me the issue was that my inbox changed from Important and unread to just Important so I guess my starred emails were being put in the Important instead of the Starred. When I changed my inbox changed back to Important and unread my Starred section got back all of its emails.

Still not sure why my inbox got changed.

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It might be that you changed the inbox view from Starred first to something else.

To see if that’s the case, hover over Inbox, in the left-side column, and click on the arrow to the right of it (the black square with the white triangle from the picture below).

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