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New Gmail feature puts emails in normal Google search results

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Searching Gmail sucks, and we all know it. Google knows it too, which is why the company released an “expanded” search feature today that not only helps you find emails within Gmail but also pulls relevant results into Google searches.

gmail search“When you’re looking for something, you should be able to find what you need quickly and easily without needing to think about where it might be, whether it’s in your email or out on the public web,” Google software engineer Bran Moolenaar said in a blog post.

The company originally released a field trial of a new search bar in Gmail this past August. It allows users to see relevant emails right in the search bar as they type in keywords. The new feature gives you relevant emails, but also Google calendar events, as well as Google Drive files.

If you want to be a part of the field test, go here.

If you are out on the public web and are logged into your Gmail account, you’ll be able to see Gmail data there too. Any emails, documents, or calendar events related to your Google search will show up in a box to the side of your search results.

Let’s just hope no weird emails show up when a friend is watching you search for “babies eating lemons.”

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