How to use Front's search feature
Search is quick and easy in Front — we'll get you started by suggesting search modifiers to help you narrow your results.
Search terms and results
Search results match your exact search terms to help you find what you're looking for quickly. Searching for a word like Pete will only show results containing Pete — not Peter or Peters.
If you're searching for an exact phrase use quotation marks around your search phrase to do an exact match, like "Weekly Team Update".
Front also supports searches by prefix. If you're looking for an email from Mathilde Collin, you can type math* or coll* without quotations.
Choose where you search
By default, Front will search in your selected folder. For example, if viewing messages in your Support folder, when you search results will be limited to your Support folder.
To search all your messages, flip the toggle below the search bar to "All Folders".
Using modifiers in your Front searches will help you narrow your search to specific team members, inboxes, recipients, and so on. Type + or click on the down arrow to expand the search box for a quick list to choose from.
Inbox name, Inbox type
- inbox:inbox name - search conversations in a specific inbox
- type:inbox type - refines your search to conversations of a specific type (email, tweets, SMS)
- subject: - refines your search to conversations with this content only in the subject
- body: - refines your search to conversations with this content only in the body
Conversations assigned or followed by a specific team member
- assignee:team member - refines your search to conversations assigned to a specific team member
- author:team member - searches for messages sent by one of your teammates
- follower:team member - refines your search to conversations followed by a specific team member
Conversations with a reminder, comment or attachment
- has:reminder - refines your search to conversations that have been snoozed or where a reminder has been set up
- in:comment - searches for conversations where comments have been made
- has:attachment - refines your search to conversations that have an attachment
Conversations with a specific recipient
- from:contact - refines your search to conversations sent by a specific contact
- to:contact - searches for conversations sent to a specific contact
- cc:contact - refines your search to conversations with a specific contact in the cc field
- bcc:contact - searches for conversations with a specific contact in the bcc field
- recipient:contact - refines your search to conversations with a specific contact either in the from field, to field, cc field or bcc field
Conversations archived, deleted, tagged, assigned, unassigned etc.
- is:archived - refines your search to conversations archived
- is:deleted - searches for deleted conversations
- is:open - refines your search to conversations either assigned or unassigned
- is:assigned - searches for assigned conversations
- is:unassigned - refines your search to unassigned conversations
- is:following - searches for conversations that you follow
- is:unreplied - searches for conversations that haven't been replied to yet
- tag:tag name - refines your search to conversations tagged with a specific tag
- before:today, YYYY, YYYY-MM-DD
- during:date (ex: during:2016-08 or before:2016-08-31 after:2016-08-01) - searches conversations received or sent during a specific time range
- after:date - limits your search to conversations received or sent after a specific date
To enter specific dates, use the following formats: YYYY-MM-DD
Using multiple modifiers
You can combine modifiers to search for something in a few different places. Let's say you're looking for a conversation, from contact A, that has been archived. You could search "from:contact A is:archived".
Hi Front Team,
I am using Front with three other sales people in an office setting. It is incredibly useful to use the search feature (e.g., "interest flat screen" to find previous conversations about our televisions with technical details); however, there is no real way to quickly find information within a message. The Word or Explorer equivalent would be Cntrl + F, i.e. the "find function."
Am I right that this does not yet exist?
Thanks for your help!
That's great! However, it looks like it just finds one visible in the thread, and not what is in the collapsed emails (which I believe is just a default Front functionality and not something you can control preference-wise?) and you have to expand each message in the thread, then cmd+f again to find it. Is this accurate?
(Ideally, it'd auto-expand any collapsed threads that have that search term in them....)
Let me know, and regardless, thanks for making progress on it!Reply
Cori Morris Is the expand all messages in a thread feature something coming along very far in the future? A little warning dialog mentioning that expanding all messages will cause delays in the app is all you need for now to set the right expectation for a user.
If you are optimizing said feature in the future I would understand but there should be no reason to not have this available at the moment. I'm here working with 100+ message threads and the fact that every single time I have to open all messages to find what I'm looking for along with the slow load time of scrolling within the messages in the thread. It's a bit of a nightmare for me here!Reply