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There will be times when you need refer back to a previously received email, but you might not remember which out of these scores or even hundreds of emails in your inbox, the information you need is in. That's where Mail's search bar comes to the rescue. The search bar is actually hidden at the very top of the list of emails in your Inbox, or any other folder of emails you happen to be looking at. To reveal it, just drag the list down slightly. Or if you're scrolled all the way down on your list, remember you can tap the top of most screens on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to jump back to the top.
To perform a search, type the word or phrase you're looking for. Mail searches through the content of all of your emails as well as the from, to, and subject fields. Notice if I pull down slightly, I can choose to search all mailboxes or just the mailbox I'm currently in. So here we can see that the messages that match my search are now listed, and I can tap any one of them to read them. Now another thing I want to mention about Search is to remind you that you can also search your email from outside of the mail app. From any Home screen, just swipe down to reveal the spotlight search area, which searches your entire device.
Here, you can start typing in your search term, and notice that possible matches of not just emails, but other applications and items begin to appear. And I can keep typing to continue narrowing down the results. So, I have top hits and mail. And it's pretty much found the same messages in this case. And by tapping that I can open up the email message it found. Now if you find that results list a little too busy with all the different types of search results you can have, Go to Settings>General, and Spotlight Search. And here you can tap to uncheck and check the kind of items you want to see results for.
And you can even grab the handles for these different items and drag them up and down in the list to prioritize them. So, those are the ways you can search your email, as well as the rest of your iOS device.
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