This question was closed as being an "exact duplicate" of this question.


  • The question that was closed is a specific question: what is the solution to the specific problem of finding threads (containing emails) labeled "To-do" which are currently shown in the inbox. The solution to this might involve searching by emails rather than by threads; but we don't know yet since the problem hasn't been solved.
  • By contrast, the question that was left open is a general question (which happened to use the same example): is it possible to search by thread in Gmail?

Clearly, these are not exact duplicates. Please can the question which was closed be reopened?

2 Answers 2


I answered your original question which shows that there is a misunderstanding on how tags work (threads cannot be tagged only the messages within via manual process or filters), thus invalidating your second question.

The question remains as a duplicate subset question of your original question.

  • The second question is still very much a valid one!
    – user6757
    Jul 11, 2012 at 16:36
  • @sampablokuper This question covers exactly the same content as earlier questions on this topic; its answers may be merged with another identical question.
    – phwd
    Jul 11, 2012 at 17:11

In both questions you even refer to the bug you submitted to Google. Here is a suggestion: Take the first question and offer a bounty.

Several people have tried to duplicate the error you are seeing. Unfortunately we have struck out.

  • I'm not sure what you mean by "struck out", but I'd be grateful to know :) Particularly, in step 5 of the "steps to reproduce", did you find that the thread was in the search results, or did you find that it wasn't? As for bounties, the last time I've offered one on a StackExchange site, it wasn't very productive :(
    – user6757
    Jul 12, 2012 at 6:52
  • No matter what I try label, in, quotes, no quotes, dash, no dash, It always return the results I expect. Jul 12, 2012 at 14:19
  • Which results do you expect? I.e. do they match the description under "Steps to reproduce" or the different description under "Expected behaviour", or are they different to both of those (and if so, what are they)?
    – user6757
    Jul 12, 2012 at 14:27
  • When I search by hand I find X results, when I use the search tool I get X results. I can't reproduce the bug. Jul 12, 2012 at 14:31
  • I'm afraid I don't understand the distinction you're making between searching "by hand" or with "the search tool". The steps refer to entering a particular query in the search box which is visible at the top of the Gmail interface. Also, what do you mean by "X results"? Does the thread which you've only tagged "To-do" after sending, and to which your correspondent has then replied, appear in the search results for in:inbox label:To-do or not? (Also, just to check we're on the same page check: you do have "conversations" enabled in the Gmail settings, yes?) Thanks.
    – user6757
    Jul 12, 2012 at 15:25
  • Searching by hand is when you don't use the automated tools to find all the messages, that is ground truth. So far you are the only one with this bug. I can't propose solutions if I can't recreate the problem. Jul 12, 2012 at 15:31
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    I'm sorry, you're using terminology I don't understand in this context. Which "automated tools" do you mean? (E.g. do you consider the Gmail search box an "automated tool" or not?) Also, what is "ground truth"?
    – user6757
    Jul 12, 2012 at 20:42

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