A few months ago, Google released a new “Search Chips” feature for Gmail users of G Suite to filter search results more quickly under the search bar with chips (capsule buttons). Now Google has announced that it will roll out the feature to gmail’s non-pay users, helping users find mail and other content faster.
Previously, Gmail users filtered by manually entering (e.g. label:work, has:attachment, from:firstname.lastname@example.org, etc.) or using the drop-down menu to perform advanced searches. But these features are less obvious, so most Gmail users don’t take advantage of them.
And “search chips” can be clicked to achieve simple one-click access. In the new version, a variety of filters have been added under the search box, including the scope of the search by sender, whether the message contains attachments, time frames, and so on.
You can also use the new filter to exclude certain types of search results, such as calendar updates or chats. You can specify e-mail messages, such as text, spreadsheets, or PDFs, by attachment type. These filters can also be combined to help you further narrow your search. For example, a user can search for an email sent to a colleague last month with a PDF attachment with just a few clicks.