Yahoo Mail Gets New Search Features

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Yahoo announced the launch of some new search features for Yahoo Mail including easier folder search, refined search, and search suggestions.

"Your inbox is the perfect digital memory - from photos to documents, travel plans to shopping orders, events and more, it holds so much information about your personal life," says product manager Abhinav Anand. "Yet, when you need something you know is there, the experience traditionally hasn’t been great. Our goal is to make it simple and easy to find what you’re looking for."

With the new folder search, you can search any folder from the search bar, and select it right from the drop down menu. You can also select it fro the left column.

"You can now refine searches based on who sent them and the words they contain," says Anand. "Say you’re looking for emails about an upcoming trip to San Francisco with a friend. Now simply type your friend’s name, followed by “San Francisco” in the search box. Yahoo Mail recognizes your friend’s name and shows you every email with that friend containing “San Francisco” in an easy-to-read results page."

The new search suggestions are "intelligently" suggested with gray text while you type. It will display people and recent search suggestions, which you can select by hitting the tab key. If you select a person, it will display a custom search results page featuring messages, documents, and photos yo've sent or received from them.

Earlier this week, Yahoo announced a new suite of products for mobile developers, which will see Yahoo search functionality expanded to third-party mobile apps. Combined with its Mozilla Firefox browser deal, Yahoo is making significant moves to get more people using Yahoo Search.

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