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Provide an option of performing partial word search 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.

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      • 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 McDonaldLee 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

      • MM commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        An adhoc search by partial words is very important. Advanced search is not intended to such purposes.
        Microsoft should add/revert this functionality as soon, as possible.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I thought it would be amazing in Outlook if, when I change folder and select search Current Folder, it actually did a search and not come up with No Results straightaway. If I close outlook, re-open and go directly to the folder I want to search it then finds what I search for!!!!
        There is a major issue with the search function when moving from folder to folder to perform searches and it's **** annoying and very very time wasting.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Add these search boxes as a 'arrow pull down' option in the search window: TO, FROM, SUBJECT, ATTACHMENT (Y of N)

      • moisesz@microsoft.commoisesz@microsoft.com commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        In previous builds, there was an option for advanced search that was removed. I used that functionality a lot and now that is gone, I have to use OWA to search through my e-mail because the standard search option is not accurate.

      • Fernanda Rosaes VigatoFernanda Rosaes Vigato commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When we use the "advanced search" of Outlook, the space where the results are showed is very small (3 lines), what make our search more difficult.
        If we could regulate the thickness of this área...

      • Dave WhiteDave White commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Microsoft have confirmed that Advanced Find has been removed from the product because it is "rarely used".

        Most Microsoft Products are full of features that make Power Users lives much easier, but that most users seldom need.Why should Outlook be any different?

        I worry that the Desktop functionality in Outlook is being sidelined in favour of the Web Client, which is becoming the app of choice for debuting new features. Office 365 Groups - such a powerful new feature - is a case in point.

        Maybe if enough people on this forum were to express concern about the loss of Advanced Find, then Microsoft would do something about it.

        A sad day for those of us who have been loyal users of Outlook Desktop since the start - twenty years ago!

      • Ramesh SRamesh S commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        With the Partial letters Search option should be enabled, that will be easier instead of typing full name.

        Have checked by brackets, it is working with the partial letters search but within quotation it is not working.

      • Gerald WorsterGerald Worster commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        In my mind this is a step backwards. If you need to perform a search and don't know how to spell the person's name exactly or how the word is spelled, you will not get any results back.
        Every other version of Outlook that i have dealt with, you have been able to perform a search on a partial word, and now you can't without going through a dozen more steps that aren't clear unless you spend more time researching the issue on line.

        This is not a user-friendly search option.

      • Peter MayrPeter Mayr commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It´s incredible that this search is not provided as a standard in OneNote and Outlook!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Provide a search window similar to google that allows you to search for multiple items including if the e-mail has an attachment.

      • Darshan BhatiaDarshan Bhatia commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Bring back the shortcut option to search by sender/subject in the instant search box by using the down arrow key (like outlook 2013). In the outlook 2016, you need to type in the name, then go and click on the option (sender/subject). In outlook 2013, you could just use the down arrow and select the option. That was really useful - please bring it back.

      • NarendraNarendra commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        1. In microsoft outlook while using Ctrl + Shift + F for finding e-mails, the columns that we require the previous column does not remain fixed.
        2. As a result, repeatedly we need to add columns which we prefer / require.

      • Gundula ErkerGundula Erker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        search-function in subject is absolut insuffitient !!!! search for alfanumeric fragments unpossible!!!
        Impediment to do the Job effizient!!!

      • nwilliam@steelcase.comnwilliam@steelcase.com commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree that whenever I search the search bar it needs to be a contains and not an exact match. I find it particularly annoying when I want to refine by search by person using from...I have to type their entire name.
        With that said I have heard they basically had to remake their programming from ground up due to moving everything online so I can understand why not all of the functionality is there still. And there are alot of features they have added which I believe will truly be a benefit..This feedback website for instance.

      • EvanEvan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This functionality used to exist in previous versions of Outlook, yet Microsoft has managed to regress very useful tools, replacing them with alternatives that require 57 steps to complete. Stupid. I bet someone got a raise over this one.

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