Fix Searching Outlook 2016
More than 90% of the time search will not find the mail while the Search text is word for word in the mail. Even worst is the fact that it finds mail that does not contains any words of the search box. Search also exclude additional mail boxes in my case the most
Nisse Hult commented
The search feature in Outlook is the only thing that's worse than search in Windows.
As it is now, you have no clue what you will get back, if anything...it seem ind of random.
I can be looking at a mail in the inbox, copy a word in that mail, paste it in the search field, and then be told there are no messages that match the search criteria.
Until the guys creating the indexing service used by Outlook get their **** together, Outlook must implement a fallback based on a brute force foreach to make sure users of Outlook have a search they can trust.
Also, implement some way of telling the index system it is messed up and that it should repair itself.
Also, search all mailboxes should do just det, search all mailboxes, as it is now it doesn't search imap/pop3 mailboxes.
Had Outlook search issue was well and couldn't get it fixed, so contacted people at http://outlooksupport.4team.biz/ . Cant comment what they did but luckily issue got solved. They even connected to my computer remotely to get it fixed.
Just when I thought that the Search function could not get any worse, Microsoft surprised me. This morning, I find that Search is returning a gazillion hits beginning with the OLDEST. Hello! Why wouldn't it begin with the most recent one.
Jacob den Toom commented
While searching for contacts we have to use 'Include Older Results' each every search action again. If we do not set this option most of our contacts cannot be found. Why is this? A contact doens't have a date or timestamp.
My customer cannot search Mails in shared mails which are older than the cache duration (6 months), mails on the Office 365 simply not showing up. On user mailboxes it works. Microsoft support said "this feature is not implemented". It is crucial to search mails which older than the cache duration. Turning off the Cache is not an option!
People are exhausted. When will you do this fixing?
Lucinda Linde commented
Why does the search function not work in Outlook 2016? It's 20018!!! Microsoft should fix this.
For all the people who bought this buggy, faulty product with our hard-earned cash...PLEASE GIVE US A FREE UPGRADE TO OUTLOOK 2019 .
You owe it to the loyal customers who trusted you would make a good product, but instead you delivered a VERY POOR PRODUCT- Outlook 2016
Seriously, can we please get a quality search function. I'm staring at the email address for which I'm looking and the search results say there are none. This is a weekly order and there is tons of correspondence, yet, there are no results in All Mailboxes, or All Outlook Items, or anywhere. This whole process is terrible and a waste of time. Including this complaint.
This is not permanent solution!!! Uncheck outlook from indexing and close outlook. Then open and recheck it. You have to do this at every windows or outlook booting. It's really annoying. Where are you outlook team? Please solve this issue permanently.
It would be incredibly helpful to allow search to be filtered by date range.
* Set default search to the folder I am in, not my mailbox.
* Remove restriction on the number of results or increase it to 100 so that multiple year searches do not require me to repeatedly mouse to show more.
* Allow moving of results of a search to another folder without redoing the search. Really adds to the time it takes to 'file'.
Email search box in top right of Inbox defaults to previous search terms when you hit enter rather than the term actually typed in the search box. It is annoying. Please fix.
The search function has really gone backwards in this new version of outlook. We previously used to seach for past emails by headings ( or numbers), now we can't. And if we do get a return result...it details all other messages that contains even a partial word or number.
Release working updates that dont break the indexing
When choosing "Find related / Messages in this Conversation" Outlook searches All Mailboxes by default and the search turns up empty. I have to switch to Current Inbox every single time I use this function. Extremely annoying.
Outlook 2016 - can you please add an option under Search to be able to switch off autocomplete/history. In Outlook 2013 this did not occur but does in Outlook 2016. It sounds minor but it slows down the search process as I hardly ever do the same search but I have to wait for the results before ignoring them.
Andrew Jourdan commented
I have the build 1801 and it does not remember that i have chose to search in the current mailbox and just does all mailboxes and shows no results and i have to change to current mailbox to see any of the results.
Andy Pennell commented
On my IMAP mail, only about 20% of searches work. On Outlook 2016, recently upgraded from 2010. Seriously considering going back.
In the German version, the subject cannot be searched for anymore by clicking on subject (Betreff). Instead, it searches something it calls "Thema" (theme in English?). Please change it back to search the actual subjects!
Jeff Petty commented
Add "fuzzy searching", e.g. sounds like or Soundex to, address lookup and other functions