Move Search Bar
Make the search bar movable. The location on the title bar is awful. Often I'll click on it and my application window will resize or move. Honestly, the person who thought it was a good idea to put the search bar up there should be fired.
In order to search for emails, you first have to do a search on where to find the search filters. Then after you find the search filters, a lot of them (from previous Outlook versions) are no longer there and the ones that are there are awkward and cumbersome to use. Once again, Microsoft F's things up!
Mary Branscombe commented
OneNote added the new 'it's so important to be consistent with Office' search in the title bar but it also still has a search field in the place people are used to so the query and results appear together. It would be great if Outlook did the same thing; title bar search to be like the rest of Office but a search UI in the Inbox pane where you can see the query and results in the same place, not separated
Keep on getting questions about how to do this. I think it's fine to have this search for web based apps, but moving it to the top of outlook is a backwards move.
Search bar in the title bar is a bad move - much more user friendly in its old position
Dave Webster commented
WTF is going on with the new search bar location.
Make it moveable or put it back..
Who makes these decisions..
I remember when MS used to make good GUI these days its all just c**p
Please move the searchbar back. The drop down, wich opens after using the bar covers usefull related buttons like search for "from"Name""
This is such an annoying change. The search bar has no place in the title bar. I'm searching my mails so it should be close to the actual mails and not somewhere willy nilly. And the window constantly resizes when I click on it.
Robert McGhee commented
When Outlook is not at full screen it makes it hard to grab the top to move the window to another location as the mouse lands in the search box vs grabbing the window to move around or double click to make full screen.
Ethan Rabinowitz commented
if microsoft cares about it users it will move the search bar back
Please move the search bar back to its original location..
Yes Kuo commented
Totally agree, it really drives me crazy when I want to search mails...
PLEAVE MOVE SEARCH BAR! Every time I start to type a search, the page is minimized. Every single time. I search through my emails constantly, so this is unbelievably annoying.
I agree! This was not a well thought out change to the UI. Some minor changes have huge negative effects.
PLEASE MOVE IT BACK!
We are receiving negative feedback from our preview pilot group related to this change. Its driving helpdesk calls.
Daniel M. commented
Please move it back. By the way. What a bad day (hungover?) the UI designers must had to come to the idea that moving the search bar into the window title bar is a great improvement.
Julian Tekook commented
this is such a small change and it is so freaking annoying.
Please move it back, there are so many people complaining.
Guruprasad Vishnu Ghonge commented
Search bar is not reflecting
Sean Castle commented
This small change is so jarring. It also covers up important ribbon buttons with the drop-down box.
All of my users are complaining about this change, and I'm fully behind them. I just have to shrug and explain, sometimes Microsoft just makes dumb changes without notifying the user until it's too late.
Here is there answer from the last time they declined this feature:
"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 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."
So their answer is basically, "This is how we have made it, and our metrics show that users are having MORE SUCCESS (whatever that means)". Could they not have kept the new search features without moving the location of the search bar? Or a simple toggle between the old location and the new?
Another one of those things where we will complain for a bit, they won't do anything, and we'll forget about it in 6 months.
Tamara Armstrong-Maass commented
I have never before been frustrated enough to stop working to research how to leave feedback for a feature. I agree whole-heartedly!
Look at all the complaints about this change: