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  1. 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.

    484 votes
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      149 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Bug: search box doesn't search for what I type

      Bug: When I begin typing a search term in the "Search Current Mailbox" input box, a dropdown box appears listing recent searches. Whatever, I don't intend to click on any of those. I finish typing my search term and hit "Enter" - outlook does not search for what I typed. Instead, it searched for the term in the dropdown that happened to be under the cursor of my untouched mouse.

      92 votes
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        19 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Do not show search suggestions ( history ) in Search field of Outlook 2016

        I am using Outlook 2016. When I try to search my inbox for a message, once I click in the search box, Outlook "helpfully" gives me dropdown suggestions based on my last several inbox searches. This is completely unhelpful because very few people search same thing twice. Suggestion boxes are so obtrusive that I almost always click on one accidentally, which messes up the search I am actually trying to do. Please tell me that turning this off is an option! It's driving me crazy.

        11 votes
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          5 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Please allow user customization of number of "Recent Searches" in Outlook 365/2016.

          Please allow user customization of number of "Recent Searches" in Outlook 365/2016.

          4 votes
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          • Provide a filter emails by searching unreplied messages

            Implement a search filter that allows you to search for messages that have not been replied to yet. This will allow Outlook Users to identify messages that have been received, but not responded to yet. Thus, minimizing the occurrence of missed emails.

            1 vote
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            • Provide a feature to create SEARCH FOLDER based on Regular Expressions in Microsoft Outlook 2016

              When we use SEARCH in Microsoft Outlook 2016 using regular expressions, a provision of a SEARCH FOLDER to be created based on regular expression like: (((((to:(First Name; Last Name) OR cc:(First Name; Last Name)) AND ((isread:no) OR ((isread:yes) AND followupflag:followup flag)))) AND folderpath:Inbox)) would make the application more productive.

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              • search all outlook items default

                In search options, currently you can set the default "Include results only from:" to one of; Current Folder, Current Folder. Current mailbox when searching from the inbox, Current mailbox or All mailboxes. However all of these defaults only search the item type pertinent to the folder in which the search is initiated. For example, if you initiate a search in the inbox folder, only email are searched for, in contacts only contacts etc. This means that to search all outlook items you have to search from inbox only and then pull down to select each time you search, which is…

                28 votes
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                • Provide a feature in Search in Outlook Client app to display words using prefix as well as suffix in Microsoft Outlook 2016

                  Searching for part of words in mail outlook 365 The most basic way to search is by simply typing a word or phrase. Outlook uses what's call

                  Provide a feature in Search in Outlook Client app to display words using prefix as well as suffix in Microsoft Outlook 2016 as of now it only displays search results using prefix.

                  Searching for part of words in mail outlook 365

                  The most basic way to search is by simply typing a word or phrase. Outlook uses what's called prefix matching when you search. So if you type "ray" in the search box,…

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                  • Provide the ability for "search folders" to combine/aggregate the results from other "search folders".

                    At times combining the search criteria for "search folders" I use regularly can be become so long and complex I struggle to get the "search folder" results I need.

                    It would great to be able to split this complex search criteria across 2 or more "search folders" reducing the search logic complexity for those individual "search folders" and have the ability for another "search folder" to simply aggregate the results of those less complex and more easily maintained search folders.

                    While there are good tools to build complex search criteria for "search folders", there are certainly some limitations. Thanks!

                    23 votes
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                      7 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Provide a feature or ability to delete email search history that is saved for what we searched our emails for in Microsoft Outlook 2016

                      Provide a feature or ability to delete email search history that is saved for what we searched our emails for in Microsoft Outlook 2016 as when we click on search bar, it shows everything we have searched for in the past rather provide an an option to delete that search bar history specifically, without having to delete all of search histories from my computer.

                      45 votes
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                      • Mentions search folder

                        Mentions was a cool addition, but the feature seems incomplete if I can't create a search folder for all mentions, the same I can setup follow up and unread folders.

                        30 votes
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                        • 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
                          important ones.

                          296 votes
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                          • Provide a feature to search for an email that contains a hyperlink in Microsoft Outlook 2016

                            Provide a feature to search for an email that contains a hyperlink in Microsoft Outlook 2016 .

                            14 votes
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                            • Provide an option to include all recurring dates in Search results in Microsoft Outlook 2016

                              Provide an option to include all recurring dates in Search results in Microsoft Outlook 2016 rather than just the start date of the series.

                              17 votes
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                              • Add search field for folders when moving items to another folder

                                In Outlook 2016: I have many new incoming mails every day from different people with different topics. All mails of one topic should be placed in one specific folder but not in "Incoming". So I have a huge number of subfolders in my post office box. Actually, I pick one or more mail(s) from "Incoming" an place them e.g. in the folder "Verbesserungsvorschläge". Because of the huge numer of folgers and subfolder, I need some time to find the folder "Verbesserungsvorschläge". So I thought about to use the function "Element verschieben" ("Move element" or something like that). But there I…

                                201 votes
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                                • integrate Cortana with Outlook natively

                                  It would be great if Cortana were available to integrate in with Outlook directly. It could help detect tasks and suggest appointments based on emails. Also it would be great if it could suggest contacting specific contacts that haven't been contacted in a while. Also remind the users of an upcoming Outlook calendar event with voice reminders through Cortana. Provide an option to use “Cortana” for the Read Aloud feature in Office, especially when running supported PC(Windows 10 PCs).

                                  154 votes
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                                  • Search in Network Drives for .pst

                                    Outlook 365 does not perform searches on ".pst" files that we have in network drives.

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Please activate advanced search (CTRL+SHIFT+F) again.

                                      Please activate advanced search (CTRL+SHIFT+F) again.

                                      11 votes
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                                      • Provide an ability to navigate recent searches easily

                                        A small arrow icon which will display my recent 10 searches will be of great help. A lot of times we search inbox with few keywords and mostly with numbers which are lengthy. Navigating through recent searches should make it easier to research and can save a lot of time.

                                        Adding a small arrow or a Recent Searches icon just next to Search field can be easy to spot and immediate use.

                                        2 votes
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                                        • Provide a feature or an option to search for a a contact using the email address in Microsoft Outlook 2016

                                          Provide a feature or an option to search for a a contact using the email address in Microsoft Outlook 2016 and enhance it by providing an option to delete it (such as returned mail).

                                          2 votes
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