Search Mail and People in Outlook.com

You can search for messages and people in Outlook by using the search box at the top-left side of the page.

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Improvements are coming to Outlook.com; in fact, some customers are already enjoying the new Outlook.com experience. How you search Mail and People in Outlook depends on whether you've been upgraded to the new experience. For these instructions, select the link below that matches your mailbox.

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Search in Outlook (classic experience)

Search for an email in Outlook by using the search box at the top left corner.

  1. Enter your search keyword in the Search email box.

    Outlook Mail menu bar

  2. As you type, Outlook suggests messages that include the keyword you typed. Outlook might also suggest searching in Photos, Documents, and other such folders.

  3. Select one of the suggestions, or press Enter to see all results.

Advanced search (classic experience)

Use the Advanced search option to refine your search results to find a specific email.

  1. Select Advanced search from the suggested search results drop-down list.

    Use the Advanced search option to refine your search results
  2. Specify From, To, Subject, Keywords, Folders, Date, and other fields to narrow down your search results. You can choose any one or all the fields to search for a specific email.

  3. Select Clear filters to clear your search results and go back to Inbox.

Search in People (classic experience)

In Outlook.com, you can type a name to search for a contact or contact list.

  1. Choose app launcher Icon showing the app launcher for Office 365 > People.

  2. Type the name of the contact or contact list you're searching for.

  3. Choose discard to discard the search results.

Search in Outlook (new experience)

In Outlook, you can search for messages and people.

  1. Enter your search keyword in the Search Mail and People box.

    Outlook.com menu bar

  2. As you type, Outlook suggests messages or contacts that include the keyword you typed.

  3. Select one of the suggestions, or press Enter to see all results.

  4. To look for a specific email sent on a specific date, you can narrow down your search results by choosing the From, To, and Date options shown in the left navigation pane.

  5. Select Exit search to discard search results and to return to your Inbox.

Advanced search (new experience)

Use Advanced Query Search (AQS), to refine your search results. In the search box, type a keyword from the table below, followed by a colon and what to search for. For example, to find messages with a subject that contains “report,” enter subject:report in the search box.

AQS keyword

Description

From

Searches the From field.

To

Searches the To field.

Cc

Searches the Cc field.

Bcc

Searches the Bcc field.

Participants

Searches the To, Cc, and Bcc fields.

Subject

Searches the subject.

Body or Content

Searches the message body.

Sent

Searches the date sent. You can search for a specific date or a range of dates separated by two dots (..). You can also search for relative dates: today, tomorrow, yesterday, this week, next month, last week, past month. You can search for the day of the week or month of the year.

Important: Date searches must be entered in month/day/year format: MM/DD/YYYY.

Received

Searches for the date received. You can use the same search terms as for Sent.

Category

Searches the Category field.

HasAttachment:yes

A search for hasattachment:yes would return only emails with attachments.

To further specify the emails you want to search, use words or names from the mail in conjunction with the search keyword. For example, blue hasattachment:yes would return only e-mails containing the word "blue" that include attachments.

HasAttachment:no

A search for hasattachment:no would return only emails without attachments.

IsFlagged:yes

A search for isflagged:yes would return only emails that are flagged.

IsFlagged:no

A search for isflagged:no would return only emails that are not flagged.

Search in People (new experience)

When you type a keyword in the Search Mail and People box, the search result will automatically give you a Search People option. You can also search for a contact or a contact list when you choose app launcher Icon showing the app launcher for Office 365 > People.

  1. Type the name of the person or group you want to search for, and press Enter.

  2. Refine your search by including people from Your contacts (the default), Directory, or Groups.

  3. Select Exit search to discard search results and to return to your Inbox.

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