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Option to display folder of email after search

I have a huge number of sub-folders in my post office box.
When I use the search tool to find specific email it would be nice to have an option to display the corresponding sub-folder. Something similar like the "Open folder" option when you right click on a Windows Search result.
Considering the huge number of sub-folders, finding the corresponding folder of an email is sometimes not obvious.

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    Denis Neuhart shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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      • Darin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Despite MS' claim that the advanced find feature has been returned to us the "In Folder" column in the search results window can't be made visible by default. Previous versions of Outlook allowed users to select "In Folder" from the Frequently-used fields menu of the Field Chooser. Now to find it you have to go to All Mail fields to find it. As silly a change as this is, it can be done with a few more time-consuming mouse clicks. The problem remains that even after adding the "In Folder" field, it doesn't stick around for subsequent searches. This seems like such a basic and useful feature that somehow has become lost in the evolution of the program. MS please address this. Eliminating this feature was certainly not an improvement in the overall user experience.

      • Darin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Darin commented · Oct 24, 2017
        The "In Folder" field can be selected in Field Chooser or View Settings but after one or two searches the field disappears. Even after adding the field when you click "More," the search results defaults back to all the other fields showing except the "In Folder" I had just added. This appears to be a bug in Outlook. I've seen a few comments on this but I think it needs a Vote.

      • marco baudo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hello to all. In Outlook you can not know, after finding an email through the search bar, the folder in which it is contained. Is it possible to implement this function? I find it really useful, Gmail uses it since it was born .. The ability to put an email in a single folder is a limit for cataloging, the labels are much more functional, but too complex to use here in Outlook. I suggest a type like Gmail. thank you

      • David commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hovering over the email subject does show the folder name where the email resides, but not the path.

        However if you have similar folder structures throughout your overall structure, this may not be as helpful as you think.
        eg <customer> <'Invoices' sub-folder>
        Searching and then hovering would just show you the folders name and not the path.

        So ability to show 'FULL Folder Path' in the search result AND when hovering would be great

      • Brett M commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Some where on the email preview panel I would like to be able to quickly identify which folder that email is located in. Right now I have to do a search to find the email, but I cant tell which folder it sits in. There is allot of dead space that could easily be used to display bread crumbs or the folder name in which its located.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        even more! after navigating to some email from todo list I want to se in which folder it is

      • Darin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When displaying search results Field Chooser in previous versions would allow adding the "In Folder" column. This can still be added but it typically disappears the next time I search. Has anyone come across a fix for this?

      • Noel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree that folder name should be immediately visible after a standard "current mailbox" search.

        Also, folder management should work at least as well as in the recently deprecated "Advanced Find": it should be possible to restrict search to several same-level folders (with or without sub-folders). This was previously done by tick boxes in a "browse folders" menu.

        Current options "all folders", "current folder" and "sub-folders" are not good enough for users who have been sorting email in many folders for years.

      • Chris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        After I do a search across "All Mailboxes" there is no way to tell the account and folder in which a result item was found.
        Any Outlook search that searches across multiple sources fails to indicate what source a result item came from.
        I think Outlook used to show where an item was from, but currently the Detail view shows nothing. Admittedly, a user is usually browsing account folders, so this isn't needed, except for multiple source searches.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        would like the search fields in Outlook to be customizable; e.g. I would always like to see the "in folder" field

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is really needed!

        I often find the email or some of the mails I need but I never know how to find the folder it is in. I get a pop up info telling me the name of the folder but it doesn't tell me where I find that folder. It's totally annoying, there is no chance to get to the folder and the other contents of that folder.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This has been around for a while, at least since 2010, maybe 2007.
        You just change to the detailed view and "In Folder" is a column. You can also change the standard view to "Group by Folder"

      • Oliver O'Connor commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please highlight the folders in which someone has placed an email while searching for the email.

        Sometimes I am looking for an email, but I am not too sure about the folder I have placed it in. It would be an advantage, if the folder, in which the email is, would be highlighted when clicking on the mail in mail search.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This will be very useful feature to search just folders, similar experience how we have in Yammer. Would be great if e.g. Favorites view we can share across OST/PST as universal view

      • garyair@garyair.us commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The way we enter search terms and folders needs to be improved. It is sill that if you change folders your search terms disappear. The folders searched should just be an additional filter selection to add to the search terms and other Boolean operators. Also, can you please allow quotation marks to mean search the literal group of terms rather than putting an "or" between each term. I'd like to narrow the search with additional terms, not expand it.

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