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    I just don’t understand why they don’t allow searches for part of the subject!?!

    So if you don’t know exactly you won’t find it. That’s really bad. Even the simplest mailer or simplest webmail service can do that but not the search gurus mail. That’s quite extraordinary, don’t you think so?

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    Gina Trapani

    But you CAN search for part of the subject. Am I misunderstanding what you mean by that?

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    Maybe I have missed something but if for example you have a mail with the subject “smarterware tips”. Say I was unsure of what the subject said. I know it was something with smart… then I can’t find it. Or am I missing something?

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    Perhaps micjoh is referring to the lack of wildcard (or partial-word) searches. That was the main reason I never used Google Desktop. It doesn’t make much sense to not support wildcards – it’s not like the asterisk and hash sign are reserved for anything.

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    Paul Dmytrewycz

    I think I get what micjoh is getting at, and he/she is correct. For example, I have emails with the word SausageFest (my annual cookout) in the subject, but searches for “saus” or even “saus*” return 0 results.

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    Gina Trapani

    Huh! You’re right. A search for subject:than or subject:than* doesn’t turn up messages with “thank you” in the subject. That IS a big oversight, isn’t it!

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    Russell McLean

    Interestingly though Google Desktop does work like that. Searching for exce will find Excel. The same is true for filenames that are not Programs.

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    Love the Google apps!

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    I’ve actually always been annoyed at gmail’s search without really investigating exactly what it did/didn’t do, and I’m guessing this has been the main culprit. That’s why, even though I use the web interface exclusively, I try not to get my archives get too expansive in case I need to do some hunting.

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    Giannicolus Jones

    I don’t know why everyone keeps saying Subject. There’s no wildcard search anywhere in gmail – subject or body.

    And yes, it’s annoying.

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    Nicolas Hogan

    I’m particularly frustrated that gmail doesn’t support wildcards for attachments.

    I receive files that are timestamped in the filename so unless I search for file_12-12-2009_1210.doc I have no way of finding it.

    As always a pleasure to read your work Gina.

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