Gmail is probably the most popular email client on the planet. Millions of people use it every day, with millions of emails exchanged every day. You may regularly receive all kinds of spam and random messages, and if you don't keep your inbox tidy it's easy to get lost there. Therefore, if you don't want to search for unread email pages, there are several methods that allow you to view only unread emails.
Method 1 – Email priority setting
The first method allows you to set the priority of the emails displayed in your inbox. You can configure it so that unread emails are displayed first, no matter when you receive them. You can change the priorities in the "Settings" tab. This is what you have to do:
- Open your Gmail and click on the little "Gear" icon in the upper right corner.
- Select the "Inbox" tab and click the box that says "Default" at the top of the page.
- Select "Unread First" from the dropdown menu.
- Then find the "Options" section in the "Inbox section" section and choose how many unread emails Gmail wants to display. Available options include 5, 10, 25 and 50 unread emails.
- Click "Save Changes" and the priority of the email will change to unread email.
- You can revert the changes by navigating to the "Inbox" setting and changing the "Inbox Type" to the default values.
Method 2 – Using Gmail shortcuts
Gmail offers another super easy method to find unread emails. You can use special commands in the Gmail search bar to view all unread or unread emails from certain senders or email providers. Is that how it works:
- Open your Gmail and select the folder you want to search for (Inbox, Spam, Trash, etc.).
- You will see a command appear in the search box. Clicking Spam, for example, will display the command "en: spam". Do not remove the name from the tag. Just add "is: unread" behind the command. In this case, it looks like this: "en: spam is: unread".
- Press Enter and all unread emails will appear in the Spam folder.
This feature allows you to accurately specify all emails sent from one address. You can also search for them by provider name or by date.
Determine the email you need in seconds
Gmail can help you narrow your search with various useful tools. You can filter emails sent by specific people, sort emails by provider, find all unread emails between two dates, etc. This feature is very convenient, especially if you have an inbox full of thousands of emails. Here are some examples to help you figure out how it works:
Suppose you want to find all unread emails between April and September 2019. A suitable command is: "is: unread before 2019/09/13 after: 04/01/2016" All emails that have not been read between the two dates will appear in chronological order.
If you want to find an unread email from a particular sender, try using this command: "is: unread from: (protected email)". Gmail will only display unread emails received from the contacts you entered.
You can also find all unread emails from Google accounts. Copy the following command into the search bar: "is: unread from: * @ google.com". This list will show you the unread emails you have received from other Gmail accounts.
It is also possible to find an email received from a friend, even if you don't know the exact email address. Type "is: unread from: your friend's name", and you will get a list of unread emails you received from that person.
You can also combine elements from all of these methods to make your search more specific. Suppose you want to see the unread email you received from your friend Bob before August 8, 2019. The command will look like this: "is: unread before 08/08/2016 by: Bob". You can also combine other parameters.
Find forgotten emails quickly
If you're the type of person who doesn't pay too much like their Gmail inbox is, this method will help you find certain emails in no time. The first method will help you see up to 50 of the last unread emails, but if you are looking for something older, the commands in the second part might be more useful.
Which method do you prefer when searching for unread emails? Do you know of other commands that we haven't mentioned? Share your experience with us in the comments section.