This article describes how to find emails in the web browser version of Outlook. This version uses a search box to allow text searching by keywords across the from: address, to: address, subject and body of the email. It also has a search filter to allow dates and other search refinements to be entered.
The search box is located at the top of the main window.
The Search box allows you to enter search parameters to find matching emails. Search parameters can be just simple text or can include search keywords to specify where to look in the email.
Click in the Search box to enter the desired search text.
The search below has found emails with "request" within the text of the email - within the subject and body fields. This will also match text in the from and to fields.
To add more parameters, like a specific email address or date range, use the Search box filter. Click the down arrowhead at the right end of the Search box.
This will open the Search Filters window.
Here you can add parameters for specific fields including that the email must have attachments. The From and To parameters will display Suggested contacts when you click in the field and must be a properly constructed email address.
You can enter a date parameter in one or both of the date fields:
- to retrieve emails on or after a certain date, just use the Date from field
- to retrieve emails up to a certain date, just use the Date to field
- to enter a date range, fill both fields.
Please note: The date search will only work if there is something in at least one of the other text fields. You can use a * wildcard character in the Subject or Keywords field to return all emails matching the date parameters.
You can construct searches using search keywords, rather than the search filter window.
- subject:(state) - subject must contain "state"
- from:(@scc) - email must have come from an address containing "@scc"
- to:(@icc) - email must have been sent to an address containing "@icc"
- hasattachment:true or
has:attachment - email must have an attachment
- hasattachment:false - email must not have an attachment.
These can also be combined using the operators AND OR NOT (entered in uppercase). If an operator is omitted, AND is assumed.
- subject:(state) OR media - either subject contains "state" or email contains "media" (or both)
- from:(@scc) has:attachment - email from address contains "@scc" and has an attachment
- to:(@icc) NOT weather - email to address contains "@icc and doesn't contain weather
There is no provision to construct searches with date parameters.