How to search in Front


Front has many options to help you search through your history effectively. Typing in words directly into the search bar will search all parameters for the matching term, or you can use search filters to narrow down your results. Front will show you the most relevant search results at the top of the list, and chronological results below that.


Step 1

Click the search box. A menu will appear with search shortcuts. The down arrow will show you advanced search shortcuts (explained below). Alternatively, type + in the search bar to see all the filters.

Step 2

By default, Front will search in your selected inbox. To search across all inboxes (to include all messages), flip the toggle below the search bar to All Folders.

Important to know

  • Search results match your exact search terms. Searching for Pete will only show results containing Pete — not Peter or Peters.
  • Front supports searches by prefix. If you're looking for an email from Mathilde Collin, you can type math* or coll* without quotations.
  • To search an exact phrase, use quotation marks around your search phrase to search an exact match, like "Weekly Team Update".
  • You can stack multiple search filters.
  • The ranking of the results suggestions after typing in your search is based on whether and how often the search term appears in key fields like recipient, subject, body, comments, etc. with different fields having different weights. We also give more recent results higher weights as they are more likely to be relevant.

Search filters

Using filters in your searches will help you narrow your search to specific team members, inboxes, recipients, and so on.

Inbox name, Inbox type

  • inbox:inbox name - search conversations in a specific inbox
  • type:inbox type - refines your search to conversations of a specific channel type (email, tweets, SMS)

Subject, Body

  • subject: - refines your search to conversations with this content only in the subject
  • body: - refines your search to conversations with this content only in the body

Conversations assigned or followed by a specific team member

  • assignee:teammate name - refines your search to conversations assigned to a specific team member
  • author:teammate name - searches for messages sent by one of your teammates
  • participant:teammate name - refines your search to conversations that a specific teammate participated in
  • commenter:teammate name - refines your search to conversations with comments left by a specific team member
  • follower:teammate name - refines your search to conversations followed by a specific team member

Conversations with a reminder, comment or attachment

  • has:reminder - refines your search to conversations that have been snoozed or where a reminder has been set up
  • in:comments - refines your search to conversations where comments have been made
  • has:attachment - refines your search to conversations that have an attachment
  • in:attachments *NEW* - refines your search to conversations where the text match is inside an attachment. Note: we currently search within PDF attachments. Support for search within other attachment types is coming soon!

Conversations with a specific recipient

  • recipient:contact - refines your search to conversations with a specific contact either in the from, to, cc or bcc fields
  • from:contact - refines your search to conversations sent by a specific contact
  • to:contact - searches for conversations sent to a specific contact
  • cc:contact - refines your search to conversations with a specific contact in the cc field
  • bcc:contact - searches for conversations with a specific contact in the bcc field

Conversations archived, deleted, assigned, unassigned etc.

  • is:assigned - searches for assigned conversations
  • is:archived - refines your search to archived conversations
  • is:deleted - searches for deleted conversations
  • is:discussion - searches for all of your internal discussions
  • is:following - searches for conversations that you follow
  • is:muted - searches for conversations that you have muted
  • is:open - refines your search to conversations either assigned or unassigned
  • is:shared-with-me - searches for conversations that appear in your Shared with me folder
  • is:snoozed - refines your search to conversations that have been snoozed
  • is:spam - searches for conversations marked as spam
  • is:starred - searches for conversations you've starred
  • is:subscribed - searches for conversations that you are subscribed to
  • is:trashed - refines your search to trashed conversations
  • is:unassigned - refines your search to unassigned conversations
  • is:unread - refines your search to conversations with unread messages
  • is:unreplied - searches for conversations that haven't been replied to yet


  • tag:tag name - refines your search to conversations tagged with a specific tag. You'll want to use an underscore ( _ ) in between words when searching for a tag name that includes multiple words.

    For example, if you want to search for a tag named "Everything is awesome", you should enter exactly: tag:everything_is_awesome in the search.
  • has:no-tags - searches for conversations without any tags applied

Dates, times

  • before:date - searches for conversations before a certain date
  • during:date (ex: during:2016-08 or before:2016-08-31 after:2016-08-01) - searches conversations received or sent during a specific time range
  • after:date - limits your search to conversations received or sent after a specific date

To enter specific dates, use the following formats: YYYY-MM-DD

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  • Is it possible to search for multiple tags at once? Often a single conversation is tagged more than once (for specificity) and being able to search for emails with a certain combination of tags would be very helpful. 

  • It seems you have a bug, where if you search for and probably add any other filter, the to: filter will incorrectly include reply-to, which is really weird.  I have only tried this with ( subject:"sample subject" ) - in that case, I receive results where the subject is "sample subject" and the to is NOT

  • How can I search comments in a particular folder for specific words? For example... In a specific folder I want to find all emails that have comments containing the word "Ellis".

  • Is it possible to disable the "top results" in search?

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  • "top results" cannot be disabled in Front at this time

  • Lemuel Chan Please make the "Top results" disableable. That is the most annoying "update" in Frontapp so far. And the divider for Newest/Oldest after Top results is hardly visible. Plus there is no apparent logic to what is displayed there in Top results. I care to have the latest email displayed chronologically, not some "suggested" search results.

  • Marek Hi! We are working on an update to make the top results suggestions separate from the chronological results, and allow you to choose the chronological results view instead. We will be releasing this in the coming weeks and you'll see that available in your app. Thanks for this feedback, we hear you!

  • Is there a way to disable search terms being highlighted permanently?  For example, if I search "Company" it's now highlighted in all emails so if I snip the email for training purposes, there is now an unnecessary bright yellow highlight every time "Company" is mentioned.  If I try to open it in a new window, it keeps the highlight.  If I remove the search filter to remove the highlight, the email goes away or remains open still highlighted.

  • Ayja Saylor Hi there! Front lacks the ability to disable this setting. However, if you view the message itself in an external window (instead of the full conversation) it should remove the highlight.

  • Hi! Just checking in to see if there's a way to disable "top results" when searching yet.

  • Amber Jones Hi there, currently we don't offer the option to disable "Top results".

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