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Advanced Searches

If you want to search specific message fields, if you want to specify different criteria for each field, or if you want to include specialized criteria (such as the message date or whether a message has attachments), you have to use the full-fledged Find Message feature. To try it out, select the Edit, Find, Message command. (Alternatively, press Ctrl+Shift+F or click the Find toolbar button.) Figure 19.10 shows the Find Message dialog box that appears. Use the following controls to set the search criteria:

  • Browse— Select the folder to search. If you want the search to include the subfolders of the selected folder, leave the Include Subfolders check box activated.

  • From— Type one or more words that specify the email address or display the name of the sender you want to find.

    Note

    As with Instant Search, the individual Find Message criteria match only those messages that contain all the words you enter, match only whole words, and are not case sensitive. Note, too, that Find Message looks only for messages that match all the criteria you enter.


    Faster Searching

    The Find Message feature in Windows Mail is quite slow, particularly if you have a message store containing thousands of messages. If you frequently search for messages, there are third-party tools available that can search your email much faster. A good choice is Google Desktop Search (desktop.google.com).


  • To— Type one or more words that specify the email address or display name of the recipient you want to find.

  • Subject— Type one or more words that specify the Subject line you want to find.

  • Message— Type one or more words that specify the message body you want to find.

  • Received Before— Select the latest received date for the message you want to find.

  • Received After— Select the earliest received date for the message you want to find.

  • Message Has Attachment(s)— Activate this check box to find only messages that have attached files.

  • Message Is Flagged— Activate this check box to find only messages that have been flagged.


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