Gmail now searchable by size, more flexible date options

This latest tweak is the latest in a series of improvements to Gmail as Google waits to see what Yahoo has up its sleeve.

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In the never-ending arms race between web mail providers, the latest tweak to Google's Gmail just came over the transom. You can now search through your email by file size or using more flexible date options.

We're always looking for ways to make it faster and easier for you to find your messages using search in Gmail. So starting today, you can now search emails by size, more flexible date options, exact match and more. This means, for example, to find emails larger than 5MB, you can search for size:5m or larger:5m or to find emails sent over a year ago, older_than:1y.

These changes go hand in hand with other recent enhancements to search such as the improved autocomplete predictions and a field trial for instant results from Gmail, Google Drive and more as you type.

Not a huge deal in itself, necessarily. But the move is the latest of a series of improvements to the world's most popular email service (according to Comscore.) It also may be timely given Yahoo's apparent intent to spiff up its own webmail client with a more "Gmail-like" look in the not-too-distant future.

In the meantime, here's a link to the full range of advanced search options Google now offers. Go crazy, kids.