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!
10 months later... any movement on this? I will never be able to take the online version of Outlook serious until this is re-instated.
How on earth was Outlook365 for web rolled out without an unread emails feature? Why on earth do you need to wait to be asked to include it?
Surely MS knows how people work and use their email, and how this is a basic and required feature of the simplest email client.
This product is being forced on me by my work, and if I could divorce this terrible piece of software, I would. As I can't, might I politely request you include unread email as a default option... you know... so I can get on with my work.
Kurt Pidgeon commented
Unfortunately, "isread:no" returns everything, even if it's in the deleted items.
If we search just the inbox, it only searches that folder and not sub-folders.
I appreciate your response to the issue however, the work around doesn't work correctly.
This is a great feature that is stopping me using Outlook online.
Why was this removed in the web-based Outlook 365 when it was available in older Outlook versions? So many people use this as a BASIC FEATURE.
I dont understand how such a basic feature can be omitted and still not implemented YEARS after users complainst.
Unread Folder. Anything less is amatuer and we are forced to use other clients.
I need to have the “unread” folder back. I do not have time to look in each of my 80+ folders and since you put the number of unread emails to the far right of the folder name, most of them are not viewable. I need a global “unread” folder like I have used in outlook for years!
Bilal Abdul Ghafoor commented
Ability to search for email in outlook web app was available in previous outlook web app versions. The new one does not have it. This has been removed. Please do not remove useful functions. This is not good
Jerry Berry commented
I would like the "Unread Folder" available in the Outlook WEB App. Everyone wants it so why don't you write it?
Anthony Martin commented
I've been asked for this one countless times by my colleagues here at the college (as well as our students)
Search folders or saved filters are such a time save in users normal daily workflows. It's been one of the reasons I can't persuade some staff to move away from the desktop client into the web version, because it actually takes them longer to work online.
In particular this kind of functionality is essential for PA's or secretarial staff, but is also really useful for support staff who handle masses of email on a daily basis.
While I was working in the legal sector, search folders or saved filter type functionality was used all the time.
Alan Lawless commented
Yes please do
Make life easier
John Arthur commented
unread folder is a must!
Please add this Unread Mails (search) folder feature to Outlook online. It is very frustrating to be obliged to perform a manual search. I have a hierarchy of (nested) folders, not always expanded with automatic rules to move incoming mails to different folders. It is too easy to miss unread e-mails without this feature.
Really need the Unread Mails search folder feature in the Outlook App. It makes managing mails so much easier.
Frustrating as a Premium user to have it on the Windows Outlook and not on the iOS app.
I was stunned when I look at a solution for unread. I had figured I was missing something, rather than Microsoft just deciding not to implement it in the web. Definitely a step backwards and I will go back to the desktop version.
Adam Bradley commented
Honestly, I'm happy to start up a bug bounty to get this done! Point me at some decent sample code and I'll get it written.
Adam Bradley commented
PAHLEEZE add Search Folders to Outlook Web Access. You're LITERALLY taking years off my life. Ok, so maybe it's more figuratively, but you get my point.
Shreejeeth Pathirikkatt commented
Option to view All documents in a shared mail box. This is be done is search folder is implemented in OWA
Removing a function which users use daily sounds like ugly.. Even after dozen of comments, interesting to see MS do not care what their customers says..
The search folder for unread messages across ALL mailboxes has now also been removed from the (pointlessly renamed something else) Outlook Web Access feature of Exchange 2019 on prem.
To be clear, MS is extending the reach of this problem, making it impact more users, rather than fixing it.
Like many MS customers, this was a critically important feature for me, that I used dozens of times daily.