How to search in Outlook

Outlook provides you with a number of built-in search filters. To use the built-in filters, click in the Search box. Based on your preference, you can use Advanced Search by clicking the filter button on the right side of the search box. Alternatively, the Outlook ribbon will change to show the Search tab and you use any of the options in the Refine group to refine your search results.

You can find the search box at the top of the screen whether you are using the Simplified Ribbon or the Classic Ribbon.

Search reference tables

The following table shows you some examples of searches you might find useful. In addition to these examples, you can use AND, NOT, OR, <, >, =, and other operators to refine your search. Operators should be typed in uppercase letters.

Type thisTo find this
bobItems containing bobbobbinbobbyBOBBYBoBby, or any other combination of uppercase and lowercase letters. Instant Search is not case sensitive. This will NOT find items containing abcBOBdef, or 123bob.
bob mooreItems containing bob, along with all of the variations listed in the previous row, or moore, along with any other words that contain moore, but not necessarily in that order.
bobby AND mooreItems containing both bobby and moore, but not necessarily in that order. Note that logical operators such as AND, NOT, and OR must be in uppercase letters.
bobby NOT mooreItems containing bobby, along with all variations listed in the first row of the table, but not moore.
bobby OR mooreItems containing bobby, along with all variations listed in the first row of the table, moore, or both.
“bob”Items containing the exact phrase bob and not the variations such as bobby or bobbin. To search for an exact string, you must use quotation marks.
from:”bobby moore”Items sent from bobby moore. Note the use of double quotes so that the search results match the exact phrase within the quotes.You can also type from: and then the first few letters of a contact’s name and Outlook will suggest a list of contacts for you to select.
from:”bobby moore” about:”status report”Items sent from bobby moore where status report appears in the subject line, body, or attachment contents. Note the use of double quotes so that the search results match the exact phrase within the quotes.
hasattachment:yesItems that have attachments. You can also use hasattachment:true to get the same results.
attachments:presentation.pptxItems that have attachments named presentation.pptx or an attachment that contains presentation.pptx within its contents.
subject:”bobby moore”Items whose subject contains the phrase bobby moore.
cc:”bobby moore”Items in which the display name bobby moore is on the Cc line.
cc:bobbymoore@contoso.comItems in which the e-mail address is on the Cc line.
bcc:bobbyItems in which bobbyy is on the Bcc line.
category:redItems that contain a category name that includes the word red. For example “Red category” or “Redo” or “Redundant.”
messagesize:<10 KBItems whose size is less than 10 kilobytes. Note the use of the “less than” comparison operator (<).
messagesize:>5 MBItems whose size is larger than 5 megabytes. Note the use of the “greater than” comparison operator (>).
due:last weekItems that are flagged for follow up a due date.
messagesize:tinyItems whose size is less than 10 kilobytes
messagesize:smallItems whose size is between 10 and 25 kilobytes
messagesize:mediumItems whose size is between 25 and 100 kilobytes
messagesize:largeItems whose size is between 100 and 500 kilobytes
messagesize:verylargeItems whose size is between 500 kilobytes and 1 megabyte
followupflag:follow upItems that are flagged using the Follow Up flag.
messagesize:enormousItems whose size is larger than 5 megabytes
hasflag:trueItems that are flagged for follow up.
from:bobby (received:1/7/21 OR received:1/8/21)Items from bobby that arrived on either 1/7/21 or 1/8/21. Note the use of parentheses to group the dates.
received:1/15/2021Items that arrived on 01/15/2021.
received:“this week”Items that arrived this week. Note the use of quotations when searching multi-word dates.Relative dates  For example: today, yesterdayMulti-word relative dates  For example: this week, last week, last month, last yearNotes: Starting in Outlook for Windows build 16.0.14314, the Received refiner is powered by Microsoft Search to make it easier to find mail outside the local sync window. You may notice slight differences in behavior.Support has been dropped for days of the week and months referred to by name, Tuesday, March, etc.
to:bobbyItems that you sent to bobby when you are searching in the Sent Items folder.
read:noItems that have not been read. You can also use read:false to get the same results.
subject:status received:MayItems received from anyone during the month of May (any year) where the subject contains status.