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How to sort by sender and more in Gmail to find your most important messages

There are several ways to sort emails on Gmail.
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You can sort by sender in Gmail by right-clicking an email, or by using the “search options” menu.
If you already have an email from the sender you want to s…

gmail inboxThere are several ways to sort emails on Gmail.Gareth Fuller - PA Images/Getty Images

  • You can sort by sender in Gmail by right-clicking an email, or by using the "search options" menu.
  • If you already have an email from the sender you want to sort by, right-click it and select "Find more by."
  • Gmail's search bar also holds an advanced search menu that lets you sort by sender and more.
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Having an active email account can get hectic with the constant flow of incoming emails. It's not uncommon to lose your most important emails in the sea of coupon offers and verification codes. Luckily, Gmail offers a variety of ways to search through and organize your inbox -- for example, sorting by sender.

Here's how to find every email in your inbox from a specific sender, even if you don't have any of their emails in front of you.

Note: These steps only work on Gmail's website, not the the smartphone app.

How to sort by sender in Gmail

There are two ways to sort your emails by sender in Gmail.

Find emails from

This is the method to use if you've already found an email from the sender that you want to find more mail from. 1. In the list of emails, right-click an email from the person you want to see more messages from. 2. In the drop-down menu, click Find emails from.

The Gmail website.
pThe user has right-clicked an email in their inbox to open a new menu. In this menu, "Find emails from" is highlighted. Select the "Find emails from" option.Gmail; William Antonelli/Insider

3. You'll see a list of all the emails you've received from that email address, including an alert if any of the messages are in your trash.

The search options menu

Gmail's default search bar is pretty useful, but it also hides an advanced "search options" menu that gives you more ways to sort your emails. 1. Click the icon in Gmail's search bar that looks like a stack of switches.

The Gmail website, with the "Search options" icon in the search bar highlighted. This icon lets you use advanced search options.Gmail; William Antonelli/Insider

2. In the larger menu that opens, click the From field and type in the email address of the person you want to see emails from.

You can use the rest of the search options fields -- subject, date, "has the words," and more -- to narrow the search down even further. 3. When you're ready, click Search. You'll be given all the emails that meet your criteria.

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