Software & Apps MS Office Methods to Search Outlook.com Email Use a simple search and filters to find messages in Outlook.com by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on April 12, 2020 reviewed by Michael Barton Heine Jr Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Michael Heine is a CompTIA-certified writer, editor, and Network Engineer with 25+ years' experience working in the television, defense, ISP, telecommunications, and education industries. our review board Article reviewed on Apr 18, 2020 Michael Barton Heine Jr MS Office Outlook Word Excel Powerpoint Tweet Share Email Search Outlook.com for emails in your Outlook Mail on the Web account in a fast and simple manner or thoroughly and with a bit of structure. Use the simple search field to find phrases, subjects, senders, and dates. Then, use filters to narrow your results. For advanced and precise searches, type Outlook.com search operators directly in the search field. Instructions in this article apply to Outlook.com and Outlook Online. Search Outlook.com to Find Emails Fast and Precisely To search for emails in Outlook Mail on the web: Go to the Search box. If you use Outlook keyboard shortcuts, press Alt+Q. Type the words for which you want to search, and press Enter. Or, select from the autocomplete suggestions. Outlook Mail understands a few search operators: From: — Search sender names and addresses in the From line.To: — Search recipient names and addresses in the To line.Subject: — Search subject lines and display emails that contain the specified words (the word order does not matter).OR — Search messages with subjects that contain one word or another. For example, train OR bicycle finds messages that have "train" or "bicycle" in the subject. Outlook does search the Cc and Bcc fields. To focus on a specific location, select Filters. Then, choose what location you want, if it has Attachments or specific dates. Add additional search words using search operators, such as looking for a specific sender. When you see the search result you want, select the message to view it.