Tuesday, January 12, 2010

To:Mail.app From:MacHackShack.com Subject:Advanced keyword searching with Mail.app and spotlight

Thanks to @rands on twitter, I now realize you can use the gmail-style keyword text search queries in mail (Command-Option-F). This technique also works in spotlight.

to:someone from:someone subject:something
The "someone" part seems to work with full names or email addresses.

The only confusing thing is the mail search bar should switch to "Entire message" when you're using a keyword-style search rather than the "From", "To" or "Subject" buttons.

It's a very limited syntax and not well publicized but welcome anyway cause what's there works. These tests done in Snow Leopard 10.6.2 and Mail.app 4.2.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a great resource!