How to Search in Your Microsoft Outlook Inbox

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In Brief...

You can search any area of Outlook, including folders, your Inbox, sent messages, and so on, for messages. To search your inbox, just follow these simple steps.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Outlook: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. While in your Inbox, click in the Search text box and type a search term.
    Search box

  2. Press Enter.
    Press Enter

  3. Your Inbox will now display the search results.
    Search Results

  4. To end the search and return to your Inbox view, click the Search text box Close button.
    End Search

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