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  1. Bug: search box doesn't search for what I type

    Bug: When I begin typing a search term in the "Search Current Mailbox" input box, a dropdown box appears listing recent searches. Whatever, I don't intend to click on any of those. I finish typing my search term and hit "Enter" - outlook does not search for what I typed. Instead, it searched for the term in the dropdown that happened to be under the cursor of my untouched mouse.

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    • Save current search as a Search Folder in Outlook 2016

      When running a search in the e-mail folder, you should be able to save the search query and folder setting as a Search Folder so that you can access quickly from list of search folders.

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      • search box in outlook 2016

        When adding individual search boxes by subject, sent, folder, body, attachments, etc, these are added vertically in a column and end up taking a log of vertical screen space, and leaving a lot of unused screen space to their left. It would be preferable to optimize the use of screen space, and allow the user to move the individual search boxes around (up,down, left, right) afterwards, as needed.

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        • Subfolder search bar in Outlook 2016

          A search bar that enables you to search through your sub folder.

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          • Share the prepared personal Search-Folders with your Outlook Co-users/Assistants In outlook 2016

            In our Company it is quite common that Assistants and Supervisors share access to one Outlook-Account.
            For the time beeing those constellations are dependant on regular folder-structures to organize one Email-Inbox as they tend to have at least the last 14 Days of emails in the inbox. Both people need a organisational guideline of emails and the (at least for us) newly introduced Search-Folders are currently "owner-only" visible.

            So the suggestion is simply said that the Search-folders should as well be shared when a supervisor decides to share his inbox with his assistant. Please make this available as the search-folder-infrastructure…

            2 votes
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            • Category Doesn't Display In Search Results

              It's important to be able to search for specific inbox content then categorize by it. The search results list doesn't reflect the category (incorrectly shows empty category for all results) so it's very difficult to do this best practice, which is called out in many forums and books, including MS content. Please fix!

              6 votes
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              • search all outlook items default

                In search options, currently you can set the default "Include results only from:" to one of; Current Folder, Current Folder. Current mailbox when searching from the inbox, Current mailbox or All mailboxes. However all of these defaults only search the item type pertinent to the folder in which the search is initiated. For example, if you initiate a search in the inbox folder, only email are searched for, in contacts only contacts etc. This means that to search all outlook items you have to search from inbox only and then pull down to select each time you search, which is…

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                • Allow deletion of emails from search results

                  It would be mighty useful to be able to delete emails from search results. I was able to do this is older versions. Also there is currently no way to select all emails from a search result on the portal. If you have hundreds of emails to delete it cannot be done via the portal. Please add a select all function to the email search results. Thanks

                  23 votes
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                  • Smarter Outlook 2016

                    - Would like to easily follow up on emails. I imagine my ability to set a reminder on an email I send - a reminder only I see - that keeps me informed and warns me after X days of my choice, whether I received a reply or not. This is some next-step ML similar to checking if the body of an email contained the keyword "attach" and then remind me I've forgotten to add one. I could say "please do this by Friday", and Outlook will remind me on Friday that "this activity should be done by Friday by…

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                    • Fix your search in all mail boxes folder!!!! Viewing as conversations is not suitable at all!

                      Bring back the ability to search in all mail boxes without having to show as conversations! This is very inconvenient for business owners!

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                      • Provide the ability for "search folders" to combine/aggregate the results from other "search folders".

                        At times combining the search criteria for "search folders" I use regularly can be become so long and complex I struggle to get the "search folder" results I need.

                        It would great to be able to split this complex search criteria across 2 or more "search folders" reducing the search logic complexity for those individual "search folders" and have the ability for another "search folder" to simply aggregate the results of those less complex and more easily maintained search folders.

                        While there are good tools to build complex search criteria for "search folders", there are certainly some limitations. Thanks!

                        15 votes
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                        • Expanded Find Pane

                          There should be an Expanded Find Pain (like the old More) to allow searching on any field(s) especially user fields.

                          23 votes
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                          • Add a search option for items that are expired

                            Please consider adding an option to search for items that are marked as expired from a retention policy under the "+ More" search options. The option to search for items that are expiring in a time period are helpful, but I believe it would add even more value to the search to be able to pull up expired items.

                            Thanks!

                            8 votes
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                            • Full indexing and apostrophe or quote search

                              Full indexing search on outlook commands and outlook data in single search window
                              Should have shortcut

                              Also, when searching for a string containing either a smart or straight apostrophe or quote, return matches for both types.

                              3 votes
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                              • Mentions search folder

                                Mentions was a cool addition, but the feature seems incomplete if I can't create a search folder for all mentions, the same I can setup follow up and unread folders.

                                14 votes
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                                • Search results view in 8625.2127 is broken

                                  In Outlook for Windows build 8625.2127, the search results view is missing the sender. Instead of showing the sender, the results list shows nothing.

                                  2 votes
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                                  • Provide a feature or ability to delete email search history that is saved for what we searched our emails for in Microsoft Outlook 2016

                                    Provide a feature or ability to delete email search history that is saved for what we searched our emails for in Microsoft Outlook 2016 as when we click on search bar, it shows everything we have searched for in the past rather provide an an option to delete that search bar history specifically, without having to delete all of search histories from my computer.

                                    33 votes
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                                    • Provide a feature to add an internal subject matter to track emails with relevance not stated in subject line in Microsoft Outlook 2016

                                      For example, I am an accountant. Many of our clients are large families and we communicate with their financial advisor only. We receive email updates throughout the year related to multiple family members. The subject line the advisor chooses may be the family's last name but the subject matter within the email may be multiple things such as estimated taxes and changes to payments, letters from governmental agencies, new addresses, purchases and sales, etc. The problem I have is by the time we are ready to prepare a tax return in October we may have 15 emails out of 150…

                                      4 votes
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                                      • Remove 1000 search results issue

                                        Like the title says, Outlook does not allow me to see past 1,000 search results from my inbox. When we have emails that we would like to see from a long time ago without having to go on a "mining expedition" throughout the inbox to find them.

                                        Not even the "SearchResultsCap" registry edit fixes this issue. Please Microsoft, fix this!

                                        7 votes
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                                        • Provide a feature to display symbols showing which emails have been replied to or forwarded in Microsoft Outlook 2016

                                          Provide a feature to display symbols showing which emails have been replied to or forwarded in Microsoft Outlook 2016 when displaying search results. {Display using symbols (purple left-pointing arrow / blue right-pointing arrow)}

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