If you want to know what mail you exchanged recently with a certain contact there is a comfortable alternative to typing the person's email address in the Gmail search field, however.
Find All Mail Exchanged with a Contact in Gmail
To find messages sent to and received from a person in Gmail:
- Select Contacts from the left column menu in Gmail.
- Click the desired person.
- If you do not exchange messages frequently with the contact, you may have to click All Contacts first.
- Under Recent Conversations, find mail exchanged with the contact.