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Use Specific Search Criteria in Outlook Without Expanding the Search Box

OK – So by now I’m sure that you’ve found the Search box in Outlook 2007.


This is a quick and handy way to locate a message with a quick key word or phrase.

However, sometimes the results are so numerous that it’s no help at all…

Logically you might take the next step to expand the search box by clicking the double down chevrons at the very right.


This then gives you access to all kinds of fields – allowing you to tell Outlook exactly which part of the messages to search.

It’s a good idea but what if you only need to put your keyword into a single field?

Isn’t there a faster way? Maybe we can find something that doesn’t involve expansion and locating the correct field?

As I’m sure you’ve guessed there is a quicker method and I’d like to share it today.

In the search box before you enter your keyword simply use the field name first.

For example, if I want to search for any e-mail from someone with a worldstart.com address then I would use

From: worldstart.com

I’ve tested quite a few and found that I could use “Subject:”, “Body:”, “Received:” – well, I’m sure that you get the picture.

It’s definitely a very quick way to do a pretty specific search.

~ April