Outlook desktop has SearchFolders. I use that in connection with Categories to organize my email. This is a more flexible approach since one email can be part of multiple categories and thereby show up in multiple search folders. (This emulates the Gmail labels)
The web version has no search folders. PLEASE bring them in. I can't really use it otherwise.
First, I want to thank everyone for using the product and sharing with us your feedback.
This is great feedback and we are discussing the need to provide the basic filtering function for Search. We will update once a decision is made.
In the mean time, I’d like to share a temporary solution to ease your pain. It’s a bit more technical so not everyone is going to be comfortable with it. I apologize for that in advance. You can add “isread:no” (without the quotes) after the search term (separate your search term and isread:no with a space) which will filter the search results to show only unread emails.
Thank you for helping us make Outlook.com better!
Neal Wright commented
Once Again, Microsoft has 90% of what you need except that one thing that prevents you from using the tool all the time. I use my unread folder 100% of the time. Why should I waste time poring through folders looking for unread emails?
And, once again, this feature has been begged for now going on more than three years from what I can see... with zero action.
IMHO, MS really needs to be split up into smaller, more agile companies, so that they can more readily meet actual need and not what they THINK the need is.
Eithne Cosgrove commented
Add a FIND / SEARCH feature to this
Francisco Rubio commented
Please add it as a folder!!! is not to difficult, the search works using "isread:no" , buy it's not the same, because i cannot see if there's something unread at a glance.
Francisco Rubio commented
My Unread mail folder is where I spend most of my time, trying Outlook online for the first time today and finding it next to useless. I am stunned this basic functionality has been missing for over two years with nothing being done.
Definitely not moving to online permanently anytime soon.
Urszula Pukalska commented
I like Outlook via web, but not having "unread" folder is stopping me to use it on daily basis and stick to Outlook Desktop - web version I only use on my mac as desktop app freezes constantly.
Please add the Unread email folder as a default to the Outlook O365 web client , as this exist by default in the desktop version of Outlook connecting to same O365 mailbox.
I need the ability to view all unread mails in one folder please
Graham Marshall commented
Thank you! Entering isread:no into the search bar (with all folders selected) gives me a viable workaround for now. Looking forward to an integrated solution as an Unread Mail Search Folder in the future.
Aakash Shah commented
FYI that I see a similar idea at https://outlook.uservoice.com/forums/601444-the-new-outlook-com/suggestions/20499151-please-add-search-folders, although it appears that some people are referencing general searching, and not the "Search Folders" feature available in the Outlook desktop app that is not available in Outlook.com.
Aakash Shah commented
To add, while Unread messages is one Search Folder that people may reference that would be helpful to have, there are other more advanced search folders that people may have.
I recognize this may not be for everyone, but for instance, I also use Search Folders to virtually "combine" the contents of multiple folders for different tasks. For instance, I currently have different mailing lists go into individual folders that correspond to each mailing list under a parent folder. I then have a Search Folder for "Mailing Lists" that shows me the contents of all of the subfolders under the Parent folder if I want to view them all together, but this also allows me to view each mailing list folder individually easily if needed. In the "Mailing Lists" search folder, I can quickly view all mailing lists together without needing to browse through the 10+ mailing list folders if I am quickly glancing through them.
The search folders to help locate larger emails is another one that is helpful. While I'm sure this can be done using a command search, having a Search Folder created with a GUI makes it easier for the end user to use.
In any event, many people use Search Folders either using the default Search Folders, or using their own search criteria for various purposes. For me, while I would love to use the OWA/OWA web browser app, the lack of Search Folders makes this very difficult.
Since it's been over a year since this was last updated, can we please get an update on an ETA for this? If you need any additional information from customers affected by this, please let us know!
Juraj Gschwind commented
Thank you for the workaround with "isread:no".
be able to find a folder instead of scroll one by one until you find it. also I want to find related items to an email because there is a lot of threads and if I am not able to find the right folder it is very difficult to go to this exact email
Erik M commented
A search folder is one of the ways I save the most time and keep my inbox clear. Without it, I spend a lot of time either keeping every email in my in box or looking though every folder for new emails. either way I lose a lot of time. Please bring the ***Unread Search folder In Favorites*** to the on-line office 365 version as it was in the desktop or local version. Please!!!
Wayne Terry commented
The absence of this feature keeps me using the Outlook in MS Office, but now with the "Stay in Place" order, I MUST use Outlook 365 from home. My automated rules send my heavy email traffic to parsed sub-folders where they hide completely unnoticed and unattended. The present forced situation mandates a solution!
How has nothing been done on this? Mind blowing. Everyone in a support role ever will tell you this is something they use on day by day.
has a decision been made?
Matt Barnes commented
So, a year later, any changes/updates to this issue?
Jonathan Cutting commented
The fact that this suggestion sat out here (with nearly 500 votes) for more than four years before Microsoft decided to even recognize it is just more fuel for the fire I'd like to put Microsoft in.
Wild crazy idea: take Google's tagging approach—because it actually works! You already have "categories," which are the same thing, but you won't let us put those categories in the left navigation bar. I don't want to type "category:audit" in the search bar every time I want to see messages categorized as "audit." That search also removes any threading that was present, and shows each individual message.
Outlook 365 is so lacking in basic features that it's maddening to use, but I'm forced to.
Bobby Rockers commented
isread:no is actually all I need. Thank you! Now if we can only save searches.
Also, it seem like the "Mark all as read" doesn't work for the isread:no filter.