Make search look and work like it does for Windows
The search function for the Windows version of Outlook is fast, easy to use, and in a convienient location. The version for Mac is in the upper right corner, not easy to quickly select search options, and overall is not as easy to use.
Move the search box to the same location on the Mac client and allow for quick drop downs on what to search for. Overall make search on the Mac just as fast and easy to use as the Windows version
Michael Wiggins commented
Search term should be highlighted in the body of search results. The search function should also search attachments (i.e. excelspreadsheets)
Agree that there should be a search ALL folders like on PC.
Move the search field from the top of the window to the top of the email list view
Alan Williamson commented
Search should go through all mail by default when you press Cmd-Opt-F, but can we stop with the general "MAKE EVERYTHING LIKE THE PC VERSION" comments and sentiments? MacOS is not Windows. If you want a version of Outlook that works like Outlook for Windows... purchase Outlook for Windows.
Richard Barg commented
Robert Booth commented
Default search should be all mail. Word cannot describe how important search is to corporate use of email.
Brian Lambert commented
Move the "Search This Folder" search box from the top right to the area above the sorting options. It's in the wrong place.
Barry Steinglass commented
- is there a shortcut key to get into the search bar? I haven't found it yet. CMD-F seems like a good one but instead it brings up a dialog that is literally useless in the context of mailbox search.
- why doesn't outlook search both the inbox and the archive, or all mail, by default? at the very least let me set the search scope and have it remember it between sessions.
- if I disable spotlight search in some of my /library folders in OSX to cut down on the noise, outlook search breaks.
- the advanced search dialog doesn't let me search for calendar items. I get a lot of email and there is no way for me to create a smart folder that just has my calendar items in it, so I can stay on top of a very busy schedule. In addition, I've tried using the "raw query" feature but the syntax is totally undocumented.
Jimmy Hayes commented
Have an email search function / text box for emails in Outlook for Mac, this is available in Microsoft versions. All I can see is filters.
Mahesh L commented
One important feature for me is when pressing "ESC" key it should close the search.
The "sort by date received" is way too big and way too unimportant for having that size
Tomlin Coggeshall commented
Consider elevating the all-important search window (visually) from is exile in the upper right-hand corner of the title bar of the window to somewhere a bit more prominent (in all functions).
The other thing that's sometimes annoying is that if I'm looking for the same "search text" in e-mail, for example, then I decide to try looking for it in the calendar, when I switch to calendar, it's gone, I have to enter it again. Why not let the "search text" persist between functions or at least have an option/preference for that?
Duncan Groenewald commented
The search function to find past emails seems to be totally hopeless, I can't understand why it is so difficult to find previous conversations/emails ? For some reason it seems to take hours to find pas emails, and invariably requires scrolling down the lists of all emails. Seriously this is so bad we would not use Outlook if we had a choice and seems like something really basic that should work well. Use Google to do the search if you have to but just make it work.
Add a search bar on the top left (above the folder / inbox sidebar) to search for folders (not mail items)
Make search string indepemndent, meaning if I type "X", the folder "_X" would also appear
the search function on outlook for mac doesn't work the same as outlook for windows does not work the same.
when i type a person name in search function to find an email from that person then nothing happens?
We need outlook for mac to work the same as outlook for windows
Freddie Toye commented
Most importantly allow search to highlight search suggestions in the body of the emails - without that automatic search feature you still end up having to search manually which is difficult when you have a lot of emails!
Freddie Toye commented
Don't forget the most important one for me which is highlight the word that has been searched!
Most importantly it should highlight the search term in the results as it does on Windows - it's a bloody pain trying to look through a narrowed down selection of emails searching manually because the word isn't highlighted!!
Marius Luca commented
And make those settings in the ribbon stick or be able to set defaults, such as "All mail".
Searching is a huge pain on Outlook Mac. I could suggest many improvements but I think Id rather MS just do a complete review of this feature.. Like others I hate that its separated in the upper right corner and that it does not work intuitively. Currently I can't get the OR operator to work at all. SO annoying.