Gmail Running Low on Storage Space – Easy Ways to Search for Large Attachments and Old Messages

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Search GMAIL for Large Attachments

You used to have to be a mathematician to search for large files in your gmail by typing in something like this – “size:10000000”. Now, however, you can use a more modern form to easlity search for files using “m” for megabytes and “k” for kilobytes.

To search GMAIL for emails with attachments 15MB – size:15m

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This will search for all emails that have an attachement of 15MegaBytes. You can also search for emails that have attachements in a range of sizes:

To search GMAIL for emails with attachments larger that 5MB but smaller than 8MB – larger_than:5m smaller_than:8M

You can also search for older files with the date modifier. For instance, if you wanted to search for older files use this:

To search GMAIL for emails older than 1 year ago – older_than:1y

Here are other modifiers to fine tune your date searching


This will preform a search for messages sent or received during a certain period of time (using the date format YYYY/mm/dd)

Example: after:2010/07/01 before:2010/07/04
Output: Will give the following results: Messages sent between July 1, 2010 and July 4, 2010.


Example: newer_than:5d
Output: Finds messages sent within the last five days.

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