Outlook is probably the one thing you have open and running on your desktop all day while you are working. You need it constantly, and you need to be able to find things quickly and easily with Outlook search. But Outlook Search is one of those functions in Outlook that can give you a few headaches every so often. This is especially true if you receive a lot of mail, and frequently need to perform searches. If you have several folders in your Outlook, searching for an item or message can take up a lot of your time. You’ll inevitably run into some kind of problem when using Outlook search, so is there something that can be done to make Outlook search a little bit easier to use?
The solution? Create an Outlook Search Folder, one that will search through all of your mail in one simple step. An Outlook Search Folder will gather up the things you need to find in one location, so your searches are quicker and your workflow is simpler. The following section will step you through the process of creating your Outlook Search folder, and how to make sure it searches through all of your mail.
All Mail Outlook Search Folder
The reason for creating this folder is to have quick access to all of your mail from any folder and also from any specific date. Once you create the “All Mail Search Folder” you can move it into your favorites. This will allow you to quickly access it with just one click.
While this can make searches easier, you should note that this won’t actually search inside any archived .PST files. This folder will allow you to scan through all of your most recent mails and items and find exactly what you need without having to use the indexed Outlook search.
Creating an All Mail Search Folder in Outlook
Here’s what you need to do to create a new Search Folder:
Now click OK again and you should now see the All Mail Search folder in the Search Folder List.
Now that the new Outlook search folder is setup, click on it as it may need a while to process and open up, depending on how many emails and files are in there. Don’t fret, as this will only happen once, which is when you initially try to open it. Once you are in you will want to arrange the folder by Date, so that you can easily find more recent emails quickly and easily. This new Search Folder is going to make finding messages in Outlook, so much easier!
Click here if you need to create an Outlook Search Folder with more specific search criteria.
Search All Folders by Default in Outlook 2010 and 2013
If you are using Outlook 2010 or 2013, you are able to set up Outlook to search the items within All Folders by default. Just follow a few quick steps.
Within Outlook go and click File and then select Options.
Now in the Outlook Options window, click on Search which can be found on the left hand side, then underneath the Result section that shows in the main window, choose the All mailboxes option.