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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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  • 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.

  • Prakso commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agreed. We dont know in which folder that particular email resides.

  • Thom McKiernan 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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