Knowledgebase: Tutorials
How to use the search?
Posted by Olivia Rust on 23 May 2018 16:54

Even if you use features like rules and customizable folders to sort your mail, it can still be difficult to find a specific email. While you can manually go through your folders, there’s a much easier way to quickly find what you're looking for - all you have to do is use the search feature.

The search bar is located in the upper right corner. You can use this bar to search for keywords in the title of an email, the body or the sender’s address. Type in the keyword, hit ‘Enter’ and a list of emails with that phrase will pop up.

Search Bar

For a slightly more advanced search, you can type a “?” in the search bar and a drop-down menu will appear. This can help you narrow down your search by specifying things like the location of the keywords, if the email has an attachment, if it was sent before or after a certain date and so on. You can also click the downward pointing triangle at the end of the search bar to get a list of advanced options to further narrow down your search. Select ‘Advanced Search’ for even more options.

If you don’t remember a certain part of your keyword, you can use the wildcard “*” to represent any character(s). For example, searching for “*ance” will turn up both “finance” and “fiancé”.

eM Client always searches as though there was a wildcard at the end of your keyword, so even if you don’t insert a “*” at the end, it will effectively still search for “keyword*”.

If you search for an email address, eM Client will give you a list of suggestions for completing the address based on who's in your contact list. Please be aware that @ isn’t treated as a separator, the whole address is therefore one text string. If you’re searching for a text inside the domain name, you need to use the wildcard: e.g. searching for ‘*emclient.com’ will turn up info@emclient.com.

Tip: Please be aware that to search through the body of an email, full messages need to be downloaded. For IMAP this is not a default setting. Go to Menu > Accounts and under the IMAP tab enable downloading of messages for offline use.

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