This is part 7 of 13 Gmail hacks for teachers.
Another favorite hack in Gmail, searches. Gmail has such a powerful search ability that using labels or folders to organize emails is counterproductive. This means that it takes more time to file away the messages than it does to use a search to retrieve the messages. A good example is messages from your principal. You could take the time to put every message from your principal into a Principal folder, or you could use the following as a search:
That will automatically retrieve all of the email messages from your principal. You can also append search terms.
from:[email protected] chromebooks
That search will return all of the messages from your principal about Chromebooks. Besides from: there is also a to:.
to:[email protected] chromebooks
Now the search results are all of the messages you sent the principal about Chromebooks. There are also before: and after: flags.
from:[email protected] after:2015-08-01 before:2016-06-30
That search will return all of the messages sent by the principal for the last school year.