How to Search Mail in Outlook.com

Search Mail in Outlook.com

Searching mail in Outlook Mail on the Web is very easy and you, too, will be able to do so once you have read this article. There are different ways using which you can find mail in Outlook.com. You can find mail using the simple method or advanced method. We will discuss both methods, simple and advanced, in this article.

Following is the step by step procedure to find emails in Outlook.com

  • First of all click “Search Mail and People”
  • Now you will enter the words for which you need to run a search.
  • When you start typing the words, you will see a list of auto-complete suggestions.
  • Following are the operators that can be used
  • From: — search people who send you email
  • To: — search people you send email to or the recipient
  • Remember it does not search Cc: and Bcc
  • Subject: — It will search subject lines of all Outlook emails.
  • You will see all the email in the results containing all the words you entered in the Subject line.
  • You need to use “OR” (uppercase) if you want Outlook.com to find one word or another.
  • For instance, you enter “(laptop office) OR Car” it will search messages having both laptop and office in their Subject and messages having Car in their Subject line.
  • Press “Enter”
  • There is something more. Select
  • A folder below “In Folders”
  • A sender under “From”
  • A recipient below “To”
  • A received date below “Date”
  • “With attachments” below “Option” if you want to limit results to emails containing attachments.

Search Mail in Outlook.com

Following is the process to find a message in Outlook.com

  • On the left side of Outlook.com, there is a Search Email field.
  • You need to type the terms — names, words or maybe sentence fragments.
  • When you start entering words you will see the auto-complete suggestion from which you can choose.
  • From: search people who send you email
  • Subject: search “Subject” lines of emails
  • To: search people you send email to
  • Finally, hit “Enter”.

Advanced Search Options

You can search email in Outlook.com using the advanced search option.

  • Firstly, click on the “Search Email” field.
  • Below “Search Email” there is a menu from which you need to select “Advanced Search”
  • Type what you want to search and you will see suggestions and operators that you can use.
  • From: — search people who send you email
  • To: — search people you send email to or the recipient
  • It will not search in the Cc or Bcc
  • Subject: — Search in “Subjects” of emails.
  • In search results, you will see emails that contain all the words you typed in the Subject line.
  • When you use “OR” (uppercase) to separate two words, it will search one word or the other.
  • For instance, you enter “(secret store) OR Bike” it will search messages having both secret and store in their Subject and messages having Car in their Subject line.
  • Folder: — search the selected folder
  • Keyword: — It will search almost everywhere like message’s text, To:, Cc:, From:, and Subject:
  • It will show you search results that have all the words in the Keyword: field.
  • You can make Outlook.com search messages having only one of two alternatives. Use “OR” (uppercase) to separate them.
  • For instance, you enter “time (mouse OR keyboard)”. It will search messages that contain “time” somewhere and “mouse” or “keyboard” or both.
  • Date between: ___ and ___ — find emails you received or send with respect to date.
  • Leaving the first date and second date blank will search all the messages.
  • Make sure that the date you enter is in the following form

Month/day/year

October 2, 2004

10/2/2004

  • It is fine if you just enter day and month like “d/m” e.g. “2/10” or “10 October”
  • It is fine if you just enter month and year like “m yyyy” e.g. “10 2004” or “October 2004”
  • Instead of writing full year like 2004 you can just write 04 like “10/2/04”
  • Has attachments — emails having attachments will be included
  • You will need to enter at least one other search criterion
  • Type “@” in the “To:” field if you want to search all messages having attachments.
  • Click “Search”.

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