This week, Google announced yet another update that aims to improve your Gmail experience. The company recently introduced a new pop-up compose view to help you save time. Now, Google wants to make it easier for you to search your inbox.
“We’re always looking for ways to make it faster and easier for you to find your messages using search in Gmail,” explained Google in a blog post. “So starting today, you can now search emails by size, more flexible date options, exact match, and more.”
By more, Google means advanced search operators, or query words or symbols that perform special actions. For example, “from:,” “subject:,” or “filename:.” Other operators that you might find useful are “has:attachment,” “circle:”, which searches for messages that were sent from someone who added you to a Google+ circle, and “after:/before:/older:/newer:,” which searches for messages sent during a specific period of time.
Additionally, Google has enhanced the way you find, organize and view files in Drive. For example, you can now search for files using the name of the person who sent it to you rather than the file name. Additionally, search now includes your trash, just in case some of your files accidentally end up there. Other Google Drive updates include the ability to view and interact with Google Earth map files, create new folders while organizing files, and drag and drop folders in Chrome. You can start utilizing these new features today.
These might seem like minor improvements, but you’d be surprised how much time is lost looking for something. Although you probably won’t end up with a free hour each day, these updates should help to simplify your processes and shave a bit of time off of your daily administrative tasks.
Jennifer Beese: Jennifer Beese has worked as a community manager and social media strategist. When she’s not writing, you can find her studying anatomy and physiology—she literally has a skeleton in her closet—or under the stars with her telescope.