I love Gmail, but I’m tired of digging through my inbox to find important attachments from a long time ago. Is there an easier way to find them?
You can display a list of every message with an attachment with the following search query (just type it in the search box):
And if you know what file type you’re looking for, type it after the original query:
Just replace “filetype” with the extension of the file you’re looking for, i.e. “pdf”, “doc”, or “zip”. The following query will display all emails with PowerPoint files attached:
If you wanted to get fancy and search for both old versions of PowerPoint files (ppt) and new PowerPoint files (pptx, which started in Office 2007):
has:attachment (ppt OR pptx)
You might also want to search for attachments from a specific person. Check out the following query to do that:
This query will only show messages from “mom” with attachments.
Using these tips will help you manage your Gmail attachments and be more productive. Check out our original guide to get even more suggestions, including how to create automatic filetype filters so you won’t have to type any searches in the future.