How to Find Related Messages with Outlook

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Outlook can quickly show you more messages in a conversation.

Once Upon a Time…

Sometimes, it takes me a long time and more to reply to an email.

Others, sometimes, reply late as well. In an ongoing conversation, not always is it clear how the discussion got started. Then, it would be nice to quickly have a look at the original message.

With Outlook, this is easy.

Find Related Messages with Outlook

To find related emails swiftly in Outlook:

  1. Click on the message in the message list with the right mouse button in Outlook.
  2. Select Find Related | Messages in This Conversation from the menu that comes up.

This brings up a search window with all related messages that Outlook could find.

In Outlook 2010, you can also have Outlook collect entire conversations from all your folders.

Find Related Messages with Outlook 2000–2007

To find related emails swiftly in Outlook:

  1. Open a message in Outlook.
  • In Outlook 2002/3/7:
    1. Select Tools | Instant Search | Related Messages from the menu.
  • In Outlook 2000:
    1. Choose Actions | Find All | Related Messages from the menu.

(Finding related emails tested with Outlook 2000, 2002, 2007, 2010 and 2016)