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Search and filter email

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Search is a powerful tool to help find email messages anywhere in Outlook.

Search email

  1. Select the search bar.

  2. Type a name, subject, or phrase which is included in the email message that you want to find.

Refine your search results

  1. Select the search bar and type a name or subject.

  2. Select an option to refine or widen your search: All Mailboxes, Current Mailbox, Current Folder, Subfolder, or All Outlook Items.

  3. You can also select a category within the Refine group to further filter your search results:

    • From – only shows results from a specific person.

    • Subject - only shows results based on the subject.

    • Has Attachment – only shows emails that have attachments.

    • Categorized – only shows results that have a specific category assigned to them.

    • This Week - searches by when the email message was received: Today, Yesterday, This Week, Last Week, This Month, Last Month, This Year, or Last Year.

    • Sent To – searches messages Sent to You, Not Sent Directly to You, or Sent to Another Recipient.

    • Unread – only shows unread messages.

    • Flagged - only shows messages flagged by you.

    • Important - only shows emails marked as Important.

    • More - filters your results based on more advanced criteria, such as Cc or Sensitivity.

  4. Select Recent Searches to run recent searches again.

    Note: Outlook saves only the recent search query, not the results.

  5. Select Close Search to close the Search tab.

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