Methods to Search Outlook.com Email

Use a simple search and filters to find messages in Outlook.com

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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:

  1. Go to the Search box. If you use Outlook keyboard shortcuts, press Alt+Q.

    Outlook.com inbox.
  2. Type the words for which you want to search and press Enter. Or, select from the auto-complete suggestions.

    Searching for an email using a keyword in Outlook.com.
  3. 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.

    Searching for a specific email in Outlook.com.
  4. To focus on a specific location, select Filters, then choose what location you want, if it has Attachments, or specific dates.

    Advanced options for searching in Outlook.com.
  5. Add additional search words using search operators such as looking for a specific sender.

    Searching for a specific sender in Outlook.com.
  6. When you see the search result you want, select the message to view it.