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How to search Gmail for attachments
When sending an email, it’s very common to attach a file, whether it’s a picture you just took, a file needing to be looked at by your colleague, or a video clip of a dog on a skateboard. But as the attachments start to build up in your Gmail archive, how do you find those attachments again to free up space? Here’s how to search Gmail for attachments.
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To search Gmail for attachments requires the filename: search string. If you're looking for all attachments in a particular file format, go to the search bar and type filename: followed by the type of file you're looking for. You can also add other search strings to filter by the sender, size, or date.
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The basic parameters to search Gmail for attachments
Whether you’re searching for attachments on your phone or a desktop, it all comes down to the same certain search strings, such as the filename: modifier.
If you want to view all emails with all attachments, type in the search bar:
If you’re looking for all attachments of a particular file format, you would type:
filename:pdf filename:mp4 filename:jpg
and so on. Notice there are no spaces between each word. Anything matching these search strings will now appear.
Narrowing down your attachment search in Gmail
But what if you want to get more granular? What if you need all file attachments from a particular sender? Or all particular file-type attachments from a specific sender? Then you would also say:
has:attachment from:diana filename:pdf from:diana
Or, if you’re looking for a file you sent to a person, you would use the to: string:
has:attachment to:diana filename:pdf to:diana
You can also add extra filters to narrow down when you sent the attachment and its size. The latter is especially good if you’re looking to free up some space in your Google account. Check out our article on sorting emails by sender, size, date, and unread in Gmail for more search strings.
A more advanced way to search for attachments in Gmail
In the Gmail search bar, on the far right, are three horizontal lines. If you click that, you’ll see more advanced options.
After filling in what you’re looking for, make sure you tick Has attachment. Then select Search to get your results.
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