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Email search

by Adam Marks Wed, 15 Sep 2010 12:26 pm EDT

Email Search

Trying to find a single email if you have a large number of messages in your inbox or any specific folder can be a tough task if you just try scrolling through all your emails. You are able to sort your email folders in webOS, but that is also not the most efficient way to find that one email. Instead, Palm built in a way to search your emails by "just typing", similar to how the memo search functionality works (which is also absent from a direct search in Universal Search). Unfortunately, there are a few limitations with this functionality, as listed after the break:

  • You can only search for the Sender and Subject of the message. The Body of the message is not included
  • Only the displayed name of the sender is searchable. If an actual name is listed, any word from that name will be found.  For example, a search for "forums" in the screenshot above returns all messages from "PreCentral Forums"
  • If only an email address is listed, the search starts with the first letter of the email address.  For example, a search for "precentral" will not return an email from podcast@precentral.net. You would need to search for "podcast" for this sender
  • You can only search within the current folder you have loaded up, and only for emails that have been loaded onto your device. So, if you have your setting to only retrieve email from the last 14 days, email prior to that date obviously wouldn't be included in the search

If you are looking for a way to do a full search of your entire email account, you may need to rely on the website for your email.  If you are using a web-based email account, like Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc, you can visit your provider's website ( yahoo.com/mail, gmail.com, hotmail.com, etc) right from the phone's browser and look for the "search" box. While not as convenient as the search within the email app, at least it's an option available to you.

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