images.gif One of the main functionalities that lacking gmail is it’s sort functionalities by read and unread respectively. One tricky mechanism is there to for doing this. On the search textbox type “is:unread” to sort unread messages and “is:read” for read messages respectively. The feature is very useful for users, yahoo’s support is very much friendly for users. Here is a mechanism to do this in gmail.

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When we search using the above query then we will get the result as unread messages in descending order.

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Again what we do to search all read messages.

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The results will be read mails in descending order.

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Like wise we can apply different combination of search criteria in the search box. For eg: “is:unread label:inbox” will query the unread messages with label “inbox”. This is very helpful for power users. Why google is not implementing UI for this to attract normal users.

Is google mainly targeting power users ?

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Sanil S Founding member of MobMe Wireless Pvt Ltd, Ayruz Web Holdings

6 comments on “Sort gmail messages by read/unread

  1. Good keyword.
    I wish to know more shortcuts or command for various searches in gmail.
    And thanku buddy for letting me know the combination command.
    I was really troubled browsing labels one by one. hmmmm
    If its possible, post more keywords (rest is combination, that can be easily done)

  2. Niyaz PK on said:

    That is a really helpful hint. I too can’t understand why it is not obvious in the UI.

  3. Sajith on said:

    This thing can be simple done by two mouse clicks.
    1) Click on show search option
    2) Select Search Combo Read / Un-Read

    Enough. Simply click the search button, you will get the same results. :)

    Most of the people use mouse than keyboard while reading web mails mails.

  4. Editor, The SciTech Journal on said:

    GREAT POST. VERY HELPFUL. THANKS FOR SHARING THE THOUGHTS. GOOD LUCK :) Thumbs Up to you :)

  5. Randy Unknown on said:

    your punctuation is annoying. A-hole.

  6. Cash Get on said:

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful trick…

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