How to Find Related Messages With Outlook

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Occasionally, an email exchange gets out of control. You may take a few days to answer, someone else may answer late or refer to a previous email that you never read. At times like this, it is handy to be able to look at the original message and all the related messages so you won't look out of the loop. With Outlook, this is easy.

Find Related Messages With Outlook 2010 and 2016

To find related emails quickly in Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2016:

  1. Open Outlook and find a message related to the one you are looking for.
  2. Click on the message in the message list with the right mouse button.
  3. Select Find Related > Messages in This Conversation from the menu that comes up. If you want to see results from only one person, you can select Find Related > Messages from Sender instead.
  4. Review the search window that contains all the related messages that Outlook could find.

There's a good chance the email you need is included in the search results. Just click on it to open it. 

Find Related Messages With Outlook 2000 through Outlook 2007

The method differs slightly in older versions of Outlook. To find related emails quickly in Outlook 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2007:

  1. Open a message in Outlook.
  2. In Outlook 2002, 2003, and 2007: Select Tools > Instant Search Related Messages from the menu. In Outlook 2000: Choose Actions Find All Related Messages from the menu.