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Since installing Windows Desktop Search there has been a few syntax items I have used on pretty much a daily basis.
The first is is ;)
This lets you specify the type of content you are looking for. Syntax: is:<type>
In my case I generally am looking for is emails so I use: is:email

The next is limiting to the author. Once again the logical syntax is: author:<name>
Example: author:robert

Finally I limit by date ranges. The date options are amazingly powerful and all use the syntax date:<range>

Finally an example which puts it all together:
is:email author:robert date:lastyear CRM