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By folder, you mean label right? If you navigate to a label, it should already populate the search bar with the format needed. So if I have a label called "Finances" the search should be label:finances and then whatever you're searching for If it's nested, it will be marked by a dash so if I have a "Bills" folder under that it would be label:finances-...


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All you have to do is either go in the label or click on the little arrow on the right hand side of the search box. For more info you can read about: Search operators you can use with Gmail


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I could not find a straightforward solution myself either because the plus (+) sign is reserved as a special character for "Results that match a word exactly". So I use the following alternative. A decent alternative to:ouremails@gmail.com -label:(PLUS|PLUS-HER|PLUS-YOU|PLUS-HIM) Using the above search terms I can easily find anything but. How ...


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As I've tried the following search works pretty well for what you need: label:MyLabel1 !label:inbox !label:MyBadLabel1


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