How can I find or exclude messages with a certain subject from the Find Specific Messages report ?

Question 1:

I need to exclude emails with the subject "SUSPECT: *****" but my Find Specific Messages report keeps including it. I am setting the following filter:

Subject, <>, SUSPECT

Answer:

<> means 'different of'. You should use this filter instead:

Subject, Not Like, *SUSPECT*
(i.e. the Subject field does not contain 'SUSPECT' anywhere in the chain of characters), or, even better,

Subject, Not Like, SUSPECT:*
(i.e. the chain of characters present in the Subject field does not begin with 'SUSPECT:'

Question 2:

I need to find emails with a subject containing "Viagra" but my Find Specific Messages report does not seem to work. I am setting the following filter:

Subject Like "Viagra"

Answer:

Do not use quotation marks. You should use asterisks instead:

Subject, Like, *Viagra*
(i.e. the Subject field contains 'Viagra' anywhere in the chain of characters), or, even better,

Subject, Like, *V??gr?'
(i.e. the subject field contains a chain of characters including 'V' followed by any 2 characters, and 'gr' followed by any character). So you can retrieve all messages whose subject contains 'Vi@gra', 'v1agr@' etc.

See also:

How can I track a forwarded message?

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