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  1. Bring back Advanced Find to Outlook Search Tools

    Starting with July-August updates Advanced Find option has been removed from Search Tools in Outlook 2016.

    501 votes
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      150 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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.

      102 votes
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      • Allow user to disable "Top Results"

        Currently search of email includes "top results" at the top of the search list even when the list is sorted by date. This is a terrible feature in a business setting where it is important to reply to the most recent email in a thread.

        The option "Show most relevant search results on top" should disable this feature, but does not.

        3 votes
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        • Do search in folder and subfolders, when Shared Mailbox is Cached.

          1: Make it possible to search Folders and Subfolders in a Shared Cached Mailbox.
          2: Make it possible to search the whole Cache, and have result showing
          Found in: Shared Mailbox1\Path\Item
          Found in: Shared Mailbox2\Path\Item
          etc

          2 votes
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          • Search Folders limitation

            "Search folder" limits to searching emails stored in the local cache (OST). Wish the mails search can apply to all emails inside the mailbox (both online and offline), including the online archive mailbox as well.

            4 votes
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            • Please activate advanced search (CTRL+SHIFT+F) again.

              Please activate advanced search (CTRL+SHIFT+F) again.

              13 votes
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              • Do not show search suggestions ( history ) in Search field of Outlook 2016

                I am using Outlook 2016. When I try to search my inbox for a message, once I click in the search box, Outlook "helpfully" gives me dropdown suggestions based on my last several inbox searches. This is completely unhelpful because very few people search same thing twice. Suggestion boxes are so obtrusive that I almost always click on one accidentally, which messes up the search I am actually trying to do. Please tell me that turning this off is an option! It's driving me crazy.

                14 votes
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                • Crotana should be completely integrated to search mail from outlook 2016

                  Crotana should be completely integrated to search mail from outlook 2016

                  3 votes
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                  • Fix bug that has blown out the search function in Outlook

                    After a recent update, I can no longer do a search in Outlook for recent emails. Microsoft support tried fixing but they are unable to fix this. Please fix this error as without being able to do a search, I am not able to handle my business emails. Extremely frustrating and apparently I am not the only one having this problem. first time in my computer history that I am considering moving to a MAC. This is really unacceptable.

                    10 votes
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                    • search for unanswered emails

                      I would like a new filter which allows me to search for unanswered emails. It happends from time to time that I'm not recieving any answer on my emalis and I would like to track these each month.

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                      • Provide a feature to create SEARCH FOLDER based on Regular Expressions in Microsoft Outlook 2016

                        When we use SEARCH in Microsoft Outlook 2016 using regular expressions, a provision of a SEARCH FOLDER to be created based on regular expression like: (((((to:(First Name; Last Name) OR cc:(First Name; Last Name)) AND ((isread:no) OR ((isread:yes) AND followupflag:followup flag)))) AND folderpath:Inbox)) would make the application more productive.

                        3 votes
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                        • Please allow user customization of number of "Recent Searches" in Outlook 365/2016.

                          Please allow user customization of number of "Recent Searches" in Outlook 365/2016.

                          5 votes
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                          • Add search function Execute from right click

                            検索機能の追加 右クリックからの実行

                            Add search function Execute from right click

                            検索機能の追加 〇〇さんから来たメールの抽出を、○○さん上で右クリック→抽出 という方法にしてください。件名も同様。From;”“などで出来る ようですが、頻繁に使用する必要があるため非常に煩わしいのです。画面が検索結果に切り替わってしまう事も含めてです。 「抽出」の別Windowが立ち上がれば更に良いです。

                            Add search function Please extract the mail from Mr. ○ ○, right click on ○ ○ and extract it. The subject is similar. It seems that it can be done with From ;, “etc, but it is very annoying as it is necessary to use it frequently. It also includes switching the screen to search results. It is even better if another Window of “Extraction” stands up.

                            1 vote
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                            • "Fin related -> Messages from sender" search is incomplete

                              "Fin related -> Messages from sender" search is incomplete

                              I have 4500 emails in enterprise outlook inbox. out of nearly 2500 mails are to be deleted. When I do "Fin related -> Messages from sender", it shows only 100 results at a time and shows status (at bottom) searching... This is happening after my mailbox migrated to office 365. I did index rebuild etc... work to resolve myself but no luck. Due to security reasons I am providing personal email ID to the conversation

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                              • Search results including the PDF files

                                Search results normally not showing the PDF , that may contain the search result. Please add that feature too.

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                                • Find duplicate messages

                                  Find duplicate messages

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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.

                                    Also, make the search box a little bit bigger.

                                    7 votes
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                                    • Provide a filter emails by searching unreplied messages

                                      Implement a search filter that allows you to search for messages that have not been replied to yet. This will allow Outlook Users to identify messages that have been received, but not responded to yet. Thus, minimizing the occurrence of missed emails.

                                      2 votes
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                                      • Please add preview capability for emails in a search result list.

                                        When I get a list of email from a search it would be nice to be able to preview them moving up and down the result list instead of needing to open them. Even though you can sort the results by subject it would save a lot of time to be able to view contents of the email in an embedded window which could be turned on or off. Thanks.

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                                        • Default to Partial Word Search

                                          Users should be able to search partial words in Outlook quickly without having to type extra characters to do so. In previous versions of Outlook a user could click one of the Refine options - "From", "Subject", et al - and the search operator would appear in the search box with parentheses inside which the user could type a partial search term and receive results for anything including that partial term. In 365 however, when a user clicks a Refine option, the search operator appears with quotes instead of parentheses. This causes partial search terms to return incomplete results or,…

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