Using Search in Google Workspace for Education

Use the Search Box

The search box is at the top of your Google Workspace Inbox screen. Simply type the word you're looking for in the search box and click the magnifying glass icon. For example, if you're looking for a message with the word "Connect", type in the word connect.


Refine your Search

If you're having trouble finding the result you want, you can refine your search by clicking the arrow in the search box, and entering your search criteria in the appropriate fields.

Google Workspace doesn't recognize special search characters like [ ], ( ), &, #, *, and currency symbols. Your advanced search will also try to search attachments so your results may show items without the search terms highlighted.


Search suggestions

To help you search faster, Google suggests search terms as you begin to type. These search terms are based on information from Google, such as messages, contacts, labels, or past searches.

Advanced search operators are query words or symbols that perform special actions in Gmail search. These operators allow you to find what you're looking for quickly and accurately. Some of the most useful operators are listed at An example would be typing subject:connect in the search box to find all messages with “Connect” in the subject.