Email was supposed to help you keep your correspondences better organised, but overflowing Inboxes make it nearly impossible to find that one message that you’re looking for. Google has been working on improving your odds in that search, and they recently released a new feature that will make looking for emails simpler in Gmail. Search Chips provide a “super-powered search” that will locate that lost email in no time flat.
The search chips work by narrowing down the results that you get. For instance, if you’re looking for an email from a coworker, you can search your Inbox using that coworker’s name. But you might get back hundreds of emails. Search chips narrow the choices down by identifying whether or not the email has an attachment and what kind of attachment it is. You can also search by timeframes. Search chips will also filter out chats and calendar entries. If you’re a power user, then you know that you can already do that by manually typing in filters like “has: attachment” or “from:[email address}”, but this new feature from Google automates that for you. For an analog, you might take a look at the “Smart Reply” bubbles that appear in Android’s Messages. In the case of Gmail, the bubbles appear below the search bar where you can click to apply them. The new search chips were first made available to G Suite users, but as of February 19, the system is being gradually rolled out to all consumers.
It can be a real hassle trying to find that one specific email, but Google’s new search chips will help to narrow down the results, making it easier to get what you need.