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Provide an option of performing partial word search and phrases without using Advanced options in Microsoft Outlook 2016

Provide an option of performing partial word search without using Advanced options in Microsoft Outlook 2016.

Currently you have to go through the following options to check the partial word search:

Click inside the search box in Outlook 2016.
Click on Search Tools > Advanced Find > Advanced tab.
Click on Field > Frequently-used fields > Subject.
Select Contains in Condition drop-down box.
In Value add your search string.
Click on Add to List.

Also, add the ability to search phrases.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Absolute madness, I get over 500 emails a day and need to filter (Not always knowing how to spell some peoples names), removal of the partial filter is pure stupidity from Microsoft. Sort it out please......

      • Tami commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I ditto this suggestion!!! It's a backward move to remove the true partial search option. I know there are MANY people out there, like me, who do searches all day long. (I am, for example, many times searching to pull up all emails that pertain to one specific client. Sometimes the client name is in the subject line or body of the email, and sometimes it's not. Sometimes the client name is in the To/From field, and sometimes it's not. (and sometimes clients have abbreviated email addresses) It's crucial to be able to use a partial word/string for searching.

        1) It's not efficient to have to search "exact" each time, and
        2) it's definitely not efficient to have to take the extra time to go to "advanced" every time!

      • Jen Frasier commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When performing an Advanced Find, right-clicking at the top of the list gives the View Settings option, but the options don't have any effect on the displayed search results. Changing the listed columns will not alter the messages displayed. Changing the font/size will update the message subject but not the sender, and as soon as I close the Advanced Find window the changes are lost. There needs to be a way to have Advanced View Settings applied and saved to the Advanced Find; otherwise those options need to be removed from the Advanced Find window. Allowing the user to select and change the view settings, then having them not take effect is a defect that needs to be addressed.

      • Jasper commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Dear anonymous user: from:abc will only search abc* in the from field and not *abc*, that is what this whole topic is about. Especially when not searching the from field but subject or message body, partial searches are very useful. Example using the from search you mentioned: from:reply will not give you any results containing noreply@example.com

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If you search using from:abc without the "quotes" it will do the partial search for you. When the quotes are in place i means you are only looking for "abc" in particular but if you remove the quotes the partial search still works.

      • AbhayKumarSomani commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The existing partial search option should at least be added while searching in some fields. For example, in 2013, I could do a search like 'from:"abc"' and this would list all emails whose senders start with "abc", but this basic feature is missing in Office 365 Pro Plus. I was stunned at this. What made Microsoft think that this is not a useful feature in emails??
        Please bring this feature back.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Restore partial search functionality in Outlook 2016 (was included in 2013) without having to use advanced find.

      • Renie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Searching the forums is almost impossible. Please provide a better search engine for searching the forum. Please allow for the "AND" search and the "PHRASE" search. When you are searching the forum for "Track Changes" and formatting and you get 430 hits because it finds everything with any form of the work "track" and "change" and "format" pretty much makes the search useless.

      • Volker Brand commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        How and when will this idea be integrated in outlook? In owa you can work with this feature without problems. Please Micrsoft tell us when this feature is available for Outlook! If this feature will not be available at all please tell us why!

      • Claus Søgaard commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When creating a new search folder in Outlook, There is a limit of 20 Words (or phrases) when creating a search folder "Mail with specific Words".

        This limit is hardcoded today, but should be limited via registry and a maximum much higher than today.

        This will help Companies stay GDPR compliant.

      • Tami commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I want this feature too!!!! I would be extremely helpful! (and not having it is a backward move) (At the very least, allow the Advanced Search tool to search "subject" & "message" at the same time.)

      • Steve Evans commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When typing in the search field, a drop down appears with search suggestions. It would be very helpful if it included a search term to look for categories matching what has been typed. For example, if I start typing Teneo, it should suggest category:="P-Teneo" if I have a category called "P-Teneo".

      • Dave Webster commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just came across this looking for an answer as to why this wasn't working in 2013, flashkude seems to suggest this feature was part of 2013 however my research appears to suggest this was removed some time after outlook 2003 at least the partial search I was looking at. to increase the speed of the search.

        Guess I'll be adding this to the growing list of this that are broken or removed in MS products in place of stupid apps and junk in windows.

        Does MS realise that powerusers who use are the few that use all these features are the one quite often who have purchasing decision at the companies they work for?

        TBH I'd love to see MS take there own advice on this, I can't see many people using edge or the store so why don't they start by removing those and actually leaving the rest of us with features that we actually want and use?

      • serdar commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please someone tell me it's a f** joke !
        Partial word search is such a basic feature ! I can't imagine doing 10 different clicks just to search the end of a number or a word !
        The goal of new versions is adding new features not deleting existing ones...

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        For example, if I have an email that contains this string, "123456789", I should be able to search for 5678, and Outlook should find it. Currently it will not.

      • Lee McDonald commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        when entering search term if the mouse pointer remains in the window the search term is a recent on rather than what is entered.

        To overcome this I select the box and then move the cursor away above outlook so it won;t select a previous search

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