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I don't know about you, but I'm a heavy user of Google's Gmail. Once I was turned on to it many years ago, I never looked back on the old days of Outlook…but that being said, I am not a very good “steward” of my own email. I basically don't delete anything. And when I get to the point of filling up my allotted space, I just go get more. But there is a limit on that…

So, today, I needed a way to find out how to find “big emails” (i.e., emails with giant attachments) so I went looking and found this:

It's a nice reference straight from the horse's mouth on all the Gmail “operators” there are. You do lots of really cool searches using these operators.

Here's how to find big emails in Gmail:

Just type “larger:10M” (without the quotes) into the search box at the top of your Gmail page. That's it. Super simple.

That will find all emails larger than 10MB in size. Pretty cool. Odds are, you can save the attachments that make those emails so large and store them on your local or cloud storage. Then delete the email. I have no idea why Gmail doesn't have a detach function…

But there is a whole lot more there. I don't have time to check them all out, but I will, and I encourage you to do the same!

By the way, there is a webapp called “Mailstrom” that does this all for you–you just have to give it the green light to archive, delete, or move. Pretty nifty and very popular…


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  • There are a LOT of operators for Google search, as well, that most people don’t seem to know about. I found a GREAT tool a few weeks ago that has been extremely helpful in getting my Gmail inbox under control called ‘Boomerang.’ It’s a Chrome extension you can set up so that it temporarily archives incoming emails, then brings them back into the inbox and gives you a reminder at certain times. It also allows for scheduling the sending of emails. Good stuff. I’ve really been digging it, and highly recommend it for anyone who has problems keeping up with the clutter.

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