Is it possible to limit Gmail search results to unread messages? This isn't about selecting unread questions from existing search results, which is covered in this question. I'm looking for a search flag that works for unread messages the way label:NAME_OF_LABEL does for labels.

  • (I do actually know the answer to this -- it was easily Googlable -- but I'll hold off on posting it for an hour or two to give someone else a chance at the easy Internet dollars.)
    – Pops
    Nov 29, 2010 at 16:15
  • I'll claim those dollars :)
    – Whitingx
    Nov 29, 2010 at 16:28
  • @Whitingx, sold for 25 Internet dollars. Your answer actually surprised me, I've been using a slightly different but equally effective method, which I posted as a separate answer.
    – Pops
    Nov 29, 2010 at 17:31
  • @Lord-Torgamus - multiple paths, same destination, lets share those dollars $12.50 each :)
    – Whitingx
    Nov 30, 2010 at 10:17

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In the search box, type "label:Unread"

Using advanced search


Whitingx's answer is good, but it's not the only answer. The flag is:unread works equally well.

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