Hidden Gmail feature lets you search by language

Hidden Gmail feature lets you search by language

Summary: How many languages do you speak? If you are like most people, probably only one or two.

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How many languages do you speak? If you are like most people, probably only one or two. If you are fluent in multiple, you may find it useful to keep messages written certain languages separate -- or you may find it useful to create a filter that deletes messages in languages you don't understand. One of my readers stumbled across a new way to search through his Gmail for messages composed in Spanish, and I have confirmed that the same technique works for most other languages too.

Unfortunately, English isn't one of the supported search phrases, so I am unable to create a filter to catch foreign junk mail, but this simple search in Gmail shows you messages it believes is written in Spanish:

language:Spanish

What would be even better is if you could filter messages by origin. I really only care about email that comes from a few different countries, and considering most spam originates in places I haven't even heard of, I wouldn't mind a way to filter those out too.

[Thanks Alan!]

Topics: Collaboration, Browser, Google

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  • It work's with English as parameter

    Hi, I noticed that English works [b]well[/b] at least with my Gmail (in old version).

    Bye
    Jair Andres Moreno
  • RE: Hidden Gmail feature lets you search by language

    Since Google seems to do a terrible job with filtering Chinese spam (and I don't know anyone who speaks Chinese) this will be really useful for setting up a filter to label any Chinese email [lang:zh] with Spam.

    Thanks!
    Tony Ruscoe
    • My impression is that (the old) Gmail,

      in fact, does a rather good job of filtering spam in Chinese (and Japanese), both of which happen to be languages I read and speak. But for anyone who is unlikely to get legitimate messages in these languages (which may be difficult to distinguish), filters to directly mark such messages as spam, so that they do not appear in the inbox, might indeed serve to prevent frustration....

      Henri
      mhenriday
    • Filter

      I have set this up and it works great
      Cindy Joffrion