Filter email messages

To find a message based on criteria, such as messages that have attachments, the Filter E-mail command provides fast access to the most frequently used Instant Searches.

Tip:  For information about the Outlook Junk Email Filter, see Overview of the Junk Email Filter.

For more information about Instant Search, see Find a message or item with Instant Search.

When you use a filter, the same Search Tools tab appears on the ribbon as when you click in the Instant Search box.

  • On the Home tab, in the Find group, click Filter E-mail.

To clear the search results and view all items in the selected mail folder, do one of the following:

  • Next to the Instant Search box, click Close Search button .

  • On the Search tab, in the Close group, click Close Search.

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