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As of August 2018, SFU Connect was replaced by SFU Mail as the University's email and calendar system. All pages on this website ( will redirect to the SFU Mail website on March 1, 2019. For information about SFU Mail, visit

There are a variety of advanced features within SFU Connect that will help you manage your messages more efficiently. Learn how to organize your tasks, set up alerts and search for messages. Click on a page on the right for more details and step-by-step instructions.

Searching for Messages

1. To do a basic message search, click on the search bar located on the top of the screen. Type in a keyword and hit enter.

2. A list of your search results will appear. You can refine your search with the side bar at the left or add more keywords to the search field at the top.

3. A search can be saved in a new folder by clicking the Save button at the end of the search bar.

A box will appear in which you name the search, choose the folder colour, and where to save the folder. 

4. Saved searches will appear in the left column under the Searches header, unless otherwise specified. 

5. Saved searches can be edited by clicking the down arrow, then selecting Edit Properties.

This will open Folder Properties, where you can rename the folder, edit the search filter, or change the colour of the folder. 

Other Search Tips

The following list of characters cannot be used with a search unless they are enclosed within quotation marks (e.g., "Re: Meeting") ~ ' ! # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ ? / { }[ ] ; :

The asterisk (*) can be used as a wildcard in a search to find content that contains words with similar spellings. For example, the search string "do*" will return results such as do, dog, door, etc.

For more advanced search tips, see the Zimbra Web Client Search Tips wiki entry.