Now Reading
Wave Search Commands

Wave Search Commands

by Jason GreenOctober 6, 2009

Don’t get lost in Google Wave, use this quick reference sheet for search commands in Google Wave.
Searching through your Wave inbox using search commands, can help you find public waves, your archived messages, or waves related to work in a lot less time. Here is a cheat sheet of the most important search parameters:

Google Wave

Google Wave

is:read and is:unread: This will help you find all of the waves you have or have not read. is:active is the same as is:unread currently.

is:mute and is:unmute: The same type of deal – This helps you find conversations you may have muted or unmuted.

title: (keyword) : This command helps you find waves with a specific word in their titles.

caption: (keyword) : This helps you find waves with a keyword in the captions of attached images and files.

from: (address) : This command will help you find waves from specific people. On the same token, from:me finds waves from you. to:(address) finds waves where it’s just you and the person you’re searching for.

past: (date), previous: (date), after: (date), and before: (date) : These four commands help you search for waves in time periods, based on days, weeks, months, and years. Use “d” for day, “w” for week, “m” for month, and “y” for year. So, if you want to find something from before 3 months ago, you’d type “before:3m”. Yes, it’s complicated.

has: The has command will search for whether a wave has an attachment, a document, an image, or even a gadget (has:gadget).

Google has posted a more complete list here:

About The Author
Jason Green
The writer and owner of Green Complex, Jason is an A+ Certified for Computer Hardware egghead and Eagle Scout since 1999 but has been building computers and programming for much longer. An enthusiast to say the least, his hobbies also include photography, video games, and reading. See his proficiencies on Smarterer.

You must log in to post a comment