Option of searching Email messages using Windows Search
In previous additions of Outlook it was possible to type a keyword in the windows search box, and e-mails (not just files) would be displayed. This is no longer possible, you can now only search for e-mails from within Outlook. Please bring back the ability to search from the Windows search box. Ideally, provision of options like AND, OR, NOT and XOR or you could “find with all terms”, “Find with any term”, find without term, etc. would be beneficial including Boolean search functions. Also within the Search toolbar enable search capabilities so that we are able to toggle between desired selections listed above easily without having to go through settings and select advanced views.
Within the toolbar enable search capabilities so that we are able to toggle between desired selections easily without having to go through settings and select advanced views.
Lewis Eigen commented
If we are searching many e-mails for two terms like "Multiple Formats" we end up with a solution set of all emails thta have either of the two terms and it is hard and time consuming to find the e-mails with both. Ideally, you would allow AND, OR, NOT and XOR or you could "find with all terms", "Find with any term", find without term, etc
at the office i have over 141,000 indexed records and used windows 10 file search routinely to find specific email records very quickly. When we upgraded to 2016 several weeks this ability stopped...even though outlook 2016 is flagged in the index file and boxes checked in the pst/ost properties. Not able to use cortana for this either. bring this back or the orginal program called "Desktop Search"
Bring back being able to write/add on SUBJECT a comment/mark to make it easy to track.
It was a lot easier to find an email when searching for it, when oneself gave it a name or nickname
Sandra Aldana (MSFT) commented
Until recently, I was able to have a selection of my frequently-used fields for search in a form-type for search. I had: From, To, Sent, etc. so I simply added the information in the already-populated field. Now I have to select each of them each time I want to do a search, which is really, really, really annoying and slow me down. Please allow me to have my search fiels already populated.
Wayne Erfling commented
Instant Search has become more difficult to use when "all results" are wanted.
In Outlook 2010 a user could enter a search and press Ctrl+Alt+A to get all emails not in the Junk E-Mail folder, then do a second search of Junk E-Mail. They also had to click if a "large number of emails were found", but on my machine I updated the Registry to make that a larger value (1000 instead of 200, I believe).
Now in Outlook 2016 users also have to press "Include Older Results" and sometimes "More" in the results view under "Showing recent results...".
When I press Ctrl+Alt+A, I want:
• All mailboxes
• All folders, including Junk Mail!
• All ages, not just "recent results..." (whatever that means)
Please fix Outlook to once again be "at least as easy as Outlook 2010" to search for "All (email) items".
This could be done either by making "All Mailboxes" inherently more inclusive, or by making "All Mailboxes" configurable in the options (there is already a checkbox for "Deleted Items").
My suggestion is to add the following options:
All Mailboxes criteria for Instant Search:
x Include Deleted Items (existing option)
x Include Junk Mail
• Include all ages (or) o Include only email within 30 days
Again, please return to an easier to use "All Mailboxes" search, or perhaps rename it "Most mail in most mailboxes, mostly" :)
Dan Rand commented
Upto Windows 7 and/or the most recent versions of Outlook I could hit the start button and start typing a reference number or a phrase from work and it would instantly bring up every document, spreadsheet and e-mail containing it. This enabled me to quickly and efficiently trace back the source of changes and updates at work.
The current internal search within Outlook is slow and unreliable and the start button search does not find e-mails
This was one of Windows most powerful features and advantages over other OS and you removed it!
Bring it back please!!!
After probably 10 hours over many days of trying to get your borked instant search to work again I had a really horrible chat session with one of your account people who told me that I could leave feedback through this app.
When I told him that this was just for suggestion features he said that this was one of the approved methods.
So there it is. I'm sure it will do as much good as all the time I've spent trying to get it to work and my lovely chat with him
The search feature does not work correctly. Takes a long time for any search. The old outlook was instant.
Bustos, Fernando commented
While at the Tasks view (To-Do Bar > Tasks), if I search for related messages, the tasks on the view/window disappear and says "We didn't find anything to share here"
I want to search for messages related to a specific task, I don't what to lose the list of tasks I'm following...
Daniel Naude commented
I Agree since my latest update i cannot find any emails on outlook by typing in a keyword. It simply says nothing was found but it is there.
Please fix this!!!
facing same issue.
I like to kick outlook without search option because we have 1000+ emails to look whenever want to filter
The search procedure does not even work