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Chapter 10. Exchanging Messages Using Mail > Searching E-Mail for Text

Searching E-Mail for Text

If you're looking for an e-mail message with specific information, you can use the Mail search field in the upper-right corner of the Mail toolbar to search for text in an open message, in all messages in a mailbox, in all messages for a specific account, or in all mailboxes. If you search in the From, To, or Subject fields, Mail finds messages that contain the entire search phrase as typed. If you search in mailboxes or the entire message, Mail only finds messages containing the same beginning letters you typed. To refine your search, use the words “and,” “or,” “not,” and parentheses in the Search field. The results appear in the Message list with rankings indicating the best matches.

Search E-Mail for Text

To search in selected mailboxes, select the mailboxes or accounts.

Click in the Search box, and then type the text you want to find.

TIMESAVER Press +Option+F to quickly place the insertion point in the Search field.

As you type, Mail starts the search and displays the results.

Click the Search box pop-up, and then select Entire Message, From, To, or Subject for the selected mailbox or for all mailboxes.

Click the Search box button to end the search, and then type to start a new one, or click a mailbox or message.


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