Search At The Top Option
Please allow users to choose whether to use Search at the Top or keep the search bar in the legacy location.
Please can you put the search bar back where it was as this new feature is not working for anyone
Kevin Taylor commented
You cannot Right Click & Paste to search! Totally useless Search Bar made by low IQ Baboons with no brains and too much money.
Old position or, as a middle ground option, make the search tab on the ribbon permanent and add all search required controls, drop-downs, and options to it.
I'd like the title bar to remain a title bar. This new place for the search box is terrible. Word and Visual Studio do it better.
Clicking the search box immediately creates a drop down that covers useful search features on the ribbon. Requires extra clicks to search what I want to search. Terrible design.
please move search bar back to where attention is when looking for specific mails
Please make the location of the search feature optional. My personal preference is directly above the list pane.
Rob W. Lontech commented
I forced myself to use the search on top feature for about a month now. I was hoping that I would get used to it and it would be easy to use after some time. This is not the case. Each day I shake my head and wonder what Microsoft is thinking by making user-experience far worse than it was before. This directly impacts heavy Outlook users. It would be interesting to track the additional real estate covered by a heavy searcher mouse pointer with this poorly thought out update. It's about lost productivity Microsoft. Please get it together.
Please move the search bar back to the former location. Can't see any benefit at current location
Keep new features. but revert to original location. who were your UI testers??
Keep the search bar in the legacy location.
Sowmya Chandramouli commented
Pretty Annoying! i hate this option!!!! Pls roll back the changes!
Rob Whitzman (PBC) commented
A simple flick of the mouse to get to the search bar has turned into a large move up to the left...100's of times per day.
Not user friendly and quite awkward.
I wonder how many minutes of productivity are lost when you add that up across an Enterprise.
Rob Whitzman commented
We sure do appreciate the search functionality being grouped into one window. Thank you for this.
The challenge that we are having is the position of the Search Box and the inability to shift it to either its legacy position (which is preferable) or below the Classic Ribbon.
Most power users need to use the Classic Ribbon.
Outlook is not Word. Outlook is not Excel. Outlook Search is Core feature of the product that borders on CRM. The speed by which we search directly relates to team productivity.
The position of the search bar.
Moving the bar above the ribbon to the top left of the window and makes it much less user friendly. Sounds petty but time wasted accumulates when you have to move the mouse further from the main Window especially if you are a frequent searcher.
IMHO I think the MS testing was had its share of oversights.
The issue is that you are making your assumption based on the fact that everyone uses or will migrate to the simplified ribbon. This is not the case for heavy users of Outlook which have to rely on the classic ribbon. In the case of the classic ribbon, the search bar position is clumsy and ineffectual. It slows down users that require frequent searches. In fact, additional wrist strain is experienced by the mouse hand. Surely Microsoft can support a floating toolbar for the search box so your users can place this feature where it has lived happily for a decade or more. At a minimum, right justify it on the top bar.
I know that I am not alone on this. Hundreds of test users are experiencing the same and that is only a small sample set.
Moderator approval? !??!?!? Moderated feedback? Since when...
It is :
- pops down a hughe "pop-down-dialog-box- **from the title bar**
- breaks with the user interface guidelines for Windows (and any decent windowed system as well);
- *MIXES* CONTENT/USER DATA (which is variable) with FIXED CONTENT (which is fixed or pseudo-fixed) in a single (and odd-located) place;
- From Evan K. below: Removes draggable area - super annoying - and from his post as well: shoving down the users' throats such a huge change?
- from SallyWS's post: You cannot see where are you searching.
This forced and odd and terrible change reminds me the situation with the "new" Start Screen on Windows 8 and certain stubborn Project Manager from Microsoft who wouldn't relent despite all the negative feedback...
Outlook is a product used by I guess millions of people both on personal as well as corporate environments. Adding the amount of wasted seconds for each user second-guessing this thing will probably add to a lot of cumulative wasted productivity time.
Those are just some basic things that come to mind while quick-typing this in the middle of my work day - I am sure there are plenty more and more importante issues with this approach.
I mean, I am not usually mean with my comments, and I think upper case is really bad taste, but WHO APPROVED THIS IDEA??? Seriously! I mean, like: SERIOUSLY?
Sorry about the weird grammar and half-finished ideas. I think they are self explanatory though. I just need to get back to work, but couldn't hold all this anger about this new thing any longer...
Personally, it has hampered my productivity by the way.
I HATE it too, btw.
Jade Silvey commented
I HATE the new search location! Prob great for people with 1 inbox and 1 calendar but if you have multiple calendars or inboxes, no way to see which one you are searching.
Cesar Cruz commented
Please get the Search Bar back to its past location!
I already have access to search functions from the menus above, why do I need this big white box on top wasting space ? Support confirmed this cant be adjusted or moved or removed. Absolute non-sense !
Evan Koschik commented
Clicking on the search box removes a large amount of draggable area from the title bar. Even if it did look good in the title bar (and I personally believe it does not), making it even a little more difficult to move the window is a wildly bad trade-off.
I'd like the default changed, but having no way to switch back is abysmal. We can customize everything else in outlook, how could the search bar in the title bar have been missed.... Please please fix.