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.
Thank you to everyone who provided feedback through UserVoice, Coming Soon, in product feedback, and on related blog posts.
We investigated adding an option to support search in the old location. Unfortunately, at this time we cannot support making the search box location configurable. Future Microsoft Search updates are incompatible with the old location. There is also significant risk in maintaining the old search component due to increased complexity that leads to a higher rate of bugs. As one of the most used controls in Outlook making sure that we provide a stable and reliable search experience is one of our top priorities.
While it won’t address the feedback of having the search box in a new location, we do have fixes coming soon to address specific feedback about the new control. The first fix to arrive will be adding back the right click Copy\Paste menu. After that we have a fix coming to make changing scope easier by adding a more prominent scope changing control. You can read more details about these fixes in our blog post.
While our search success data is showing that the majority of users are having more success with the new search experience, we understand that moving the search box is a big change that can be disruptive. From the product team, thank you for your patience as we continue to learn how to make Outlook changes easier going forward and continue to work on improving the search experience.
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Dear MS Office team,
Most of the users hate the new location of "search bar" at the Top.
It is so incovinient, specially when you work with several e-mail accounts.
Prior it was much visible in which e-mail accont I am working.
Please move it back to the legacy location.
Or give us the users an option to place the search bar on old place or on top.
We are counting on your supports.
Thanks in advance.
Rob W. Lontech commented
@MicrosoftOutlookDevelopmentTeam.....Why have you not provided feedback?
even bigger problem is that suggestions bar covers the refined search options, such as "From", "To" etc. I have to make extra click to get away from suggestion bar (which I never use) and start my search. too many extra clicks are very annoying, I receive hundreds emails every day and these refined search fields are the only way I can find email.
Shahram Djafari commented
Dear MS Office Team,
Please keep the search in the legacy location.
The new location is from design point of view not perfectly set. It's hardly visible. And the use of search at the new top position is not easy.
Why don't you offer both options. For those who like the new top location, they shoud keep it. For those who don't like it, the should have the ability to set it back to legacy location.
I know you can do it.
Thanks and stay safe.
Andrej Pirman commented
MS, please, bring back search bar into sight! Then remove "reply" and "reply all" actions from search suggestions, because nobgody on Earth will look for REPLY button under search suggestions. Really, not a soul!
And finally, make @ and "." dot regular search items, not OR operators, so searching for "microsoft.com" will not return all mails containing word "com", like inCOMpatibility.
Ben Andrews commented
The only way the Outlook team will pay any attention to the feedback here is if their metrics show enough people reverting to the old version of Office to avoid the new search box. You'll lose all the other "features" in 2004, but for me, that was worth getting back a usable Outlook experience. Here's how to do it:
0. Close all Office apps.
1. Download the Office Deployment Tool from https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkID=626065 and extract it into a folder called "officefix" on your desktop.
2. Using Notepad, paste this text into a new text file:
<Updates Channel="SemiAnnual" />
3. Save the file as "Config.xml" in the officefix folder you created in Step 1
4. Right-click the Start Menu and choose Command Prompt (admin)
5. Type these three commands, pressing Enter after each one:
cd /d %userprofile%\desktop
setup.exe /configure Config.xml
6. Open Outlook again
7. From File, choose Office account, then on the right side, click Update Options and pick Update Now.
8. Wait for it to install the updated version. When it's done, restart Office and the Search bar should be back in its proper place.
I also recommend disabling updates in the same Update Options drop down once the switch is complete.
move the search bar back to the legacy location or at least give us an option which search bar to use.
PLEASE MOVE IT BACK. Better time would have been spent on having Search do a relevant search. The application's inability to surface emails of relevance is mind boggling. The function has actually gotten worse over the years. Maybe focus on that... ?
Don't like it at all, please give us an option to put the search back where ist was.
update moving the search bar to the most inconvenient spot at the top was super dumb move on your part.
When a users tries to use this like old search as in:
-Enter Search Term, Ue Mouse to Select Search Options THEN Press Enter.
It is amazingly cumbersome, ham handed and a nightmare to actually try to use.
When you use the new search like:
Enter Search Term, Press ENTER, Modify your search. it's ok
The old search still seemed more intuative and like it flowed better but this one is ok. its just ok.
I figured out why everyone here is having issues.
We are all "Search THEN Press Enter, Searchers"
new search actually works ok if you Type your search term PRESS ENTER then modify the search.
Simple operating instructions like this would help you alot microsoft.
OMG are ya'll just stupid!??? PUT IT BACK give us OPTIONS to say FO to this new ****!!! fix the real issues!!!
When I use RDP it requires me to move the RDP bar each time I use the search function. This is annoying if the search is used often. The legacy location did not have this problem, and appears to be available still.
God, pleease move it back to its original place, such a useless change
Hate the new search at top!
Gets me angry every time I use it.
[Deleted User] commented
Please restore the outlook search bar to the usual location and usual features. Slowing Productivity!
Bitte das Suchfeld an die alte Stelle setzen, oder eine OPtion zum Verschieben einbinden.
Please move it back. Should never have moved in the first place. There was no reason to move it in the first place.
Give me the option to put the search bar back where it was. This slows me down and is visually more work. I use search constantly all day and it needs to be back where it was.