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Bring back Advanced Find to Outlook Search Tools

Starting with July-August updates Advanced Find option has been removed from Search Tools in Outlook 2016.

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  • Frank commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    To All: It appears "Advance Find" is back!! I re-booted both of my systems and noticed that I can use this again. Thanks to All who added their comments!!!! Thanks to MS for restoring this great feature of Outlook!!! Hopefully we won't lose this again!!

  • Frank commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree with all of the comments made, Advance Find must be restored. Look at all of us spending time to add comments when we should be working!!! Please restore Advance Find!!! We need what we paid for!!!!!!

  • Rebekah Sim commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Advanced find function in outlook has been extremely useful in searching for emails efficiently.

    The current functions is not direct and insufficient options for quick filtering of the mails and ended up time consuming just to search for particular email. Advance find allows searching by key word in message body, to and from recipient search which gives a clearer and direct search function. Please restore the function for users as an option rather then removing it for good. I believe there are many users relying on this function.
    Thank you

  • sam commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Let me guess - the UI Astronauts are back again after laying low for a few years.
    You guys are either living in another planet or think of your customers who have a IQ of less than 30

  • Bernard commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Never give candy, and then try to take it away. That's what you have done here. I was using Advanced Find in the morning. And it was gone in the afternoon. I spent hours researching where the heck it might have gone, looking for a "broken" registry key, or setting, or something crazy that I may have done accidentally. I even considered backing up my email and reinstalling Outlook in the hope that it would "fix" the issue. My boss would not have liked me "wasting" that time, when I have better things to be doing (ie, work). I then discover that the time I have spent doing this, was indeed wasted as I stumbled, quite by accident, on this discussion. Shame, shame, shame. Office Updates should come with a "Release Notes". I may not have liked the fact that you removed the Advanced Find, but at least I would not have wasted my time trying to FIND it (pun intended). Not happy.

  • CL commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    For starters:
    1) The ability to easily search multiple folders for a specific topic (possibly with multiple key words, or maybe from a certain person(s)). For example, could search Inbox and Sent for a topic in the subject to piece together the threads of a conversation that hadn't yet been filed to a new folder.
    2) The search results came back in a separate window. This made it easy to work with the results (or multiple search results in multiple windows) over a period of time while continuing to work with the Inbox and other folders. Multi-tasking!!!
    3) Not having to learn the syntax for complex (or even simple) queries. I'm a retired programmer, but why spend the effort learning all that when there was a perfectly functional GUI that was doing that for me.

    I have been using the Advanced Find feature for decades and I added it to my Quick Access Toolbar. I use it many times a day.

  • billclegg commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I very much value the ability to search for messages from a single sender, for example, that contains "X" word. How can I do this now? (and BTW, I took the advice of another poster and "downgraded" my Outlook to a prior version, and disabled automatic updates, so that I can preserve the useful feature.)

  • Gary Wordsworth commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    - search in subject field only or also messgae body - choice!
    - search emails From... and To...
    - searchemails with time options (anytime, yesterday, ect.) indlucing options what happen that time (received, sent, due etc.)
    - More choices: Categories. only items that are..., size (kBs)

  • Chris Christian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We need the advanced find function back. ctrl e is too general, and it frequently misses entries. We need to be able to provide date ranges, specify whether we're looking for a sender, a recipient, a subject, or content in the body of the emails. This is MISSION CRITICAL. Please put it back, or come up with a new one, but we MUST have the advanced search function. I use mine dozens of times a day.

  • Klaus Dimmler commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I just lost the Advanced Find! The main benefit of Advanced Find is that I can put a small window on the corner of my desktop and search for contacts, messages and other outlook elements. The search types that are left changes the outlook screen. Since I use this even while I might be writing an email, making an appoint, or the such, the changing screen is irritating. Getting this feature back is absolutely vital in my opinion. There are a number of other email clients around. Without the Advanced Find, I will be evaluating some others that are more user friendly.

  • James Digby commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Well, you have reduced the functionality in Outlook and removed a powerful feature, which returns precisely what the user asks for.

    How do you now pull up a chronological list of emails received from a specific user? Well, I suppose the answer is "Microsoft's Best Guess".

    Did it occur to you that legal liability could arise because an email is missed by one of your users, because they could not find an email through a tailored/filtered search for email correspondence?

    Now, to make sure one's position is covered, we need to trawl through all the extraneous **** your your "simplified" tool provides to "improve our lives".

  • Penny L commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    And another thing: The only search you've left me with doesn't search Deleted Items folder and there appears to be no way to do this except to go to Deleted Items and search just that folder. i.e. I can't search all folders including deleted. I frequently need to do this.

  • Penny L commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Another thing: With this search box you have to know the "commands" to make it search the fields you want, e.g. "From", whereas this was much more obvious using Advanced Search.

  • Penny L commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Also, if you search "current mailbox" the results don't show which folder the e-mails are in that the search results are showing you. Huge gap when compared to using Advanced Search.

  • Penny L commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The problem with the primary search box is exactly the fact that it's in the main window. I need to have my Outlook in-box visible on one screen so I can see new e-mails coming in, and multiple separate other search windows going on so I can be finding e-mails related to the tasks I'm working on.

    Another use case: I need to see my whole in-box to check for new e-mails coming in, then I have a separate advanced search window selecting e-mails addressed only to me, so I can prioritise working on those first.

    Another use case: First thing I do on a Monday morning is open a few advanced search windows to prioritise certain subjects / projects / e-mails from my boss, etc. I can just hit 'search' on those at any time to update that view, without having to recreate the search (often complex criteria) over & over again, which I'd have to do using the primary search functionality.

    I agree with the user who said we should get a refund as this feature to organise my e-mail life is one of the primary reason I use outlook!

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