How to Search Mail in Windows Live Hotmail

Hotmail is now Outlook, but the way you search emails hasn't changed

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If you need to find a particular email you've squirreled away, Windows Live Hotmail has a built-in search engine that can help you find it. Here's how to do it.

Microsoft officially retired Hotmail in 2013 and transitioned to Outlook. The following instructions are for the current version of Outlook Live.

How to Search for Mail in Outlook Live

To find emails while using Outlook Live, go to the Search email text box, type your search term, and press Enter.

Screenshot of Outlook Live

Advanced Search in Windows Live Hotmail

To search Outlook Live with more precision, go to the Search bar, select Filters, and enter one or more of the following parameters:

  • Search In: Choose a specific folder to search.
  • From: Search specific senders.
  • To: Search by specific recipients.
  • Subject: Search the Subject field of email messages.
  • Keywords: Search for emails using specific keywords.
  • Date: Search by a specific range of dates.
  • Attachment: Return search results containing an attachment.
Screenshot depicting Outlook Live's search filter options

In most cases, searching only the address fields and the subject line will yield good results (unless you're looking for something only mentioned in the body of an email).