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How do I search my email with Outlook?

Just above the message list in Outlook's Reading Pane is a Search box.

When you click into the Search box, an extra Search menu tab will appear, in which you can choose extra search options.

Depending on the options you have chosen, the Search box will indicate which folder(s) you have selected for searching, and you can change these options before starting your search.

Type a word or phrase into the Search box, then press Enter.  All messages will be listed that contain either the word or all the words in the phrase (not necessarily contiguously).

 Mail Search

To clear the search results and return to normal view of the mail folder, click the X symbol on the end of the Search box.

More detailed information about searching can be found in the Guide to Outlook.

If your search does not work, even for the most basic searches, it's possible that your Outlook search index is damaged.   If this happens, see FAQ 2679.


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Created by Sandy Radford on 29 March 2011 and last updated by Richard Byrom-Colburn on 20 October 2016