How to Use Advanced Find in Microsoft Outlook

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In Brief...

Advanced Find helps you find the Outlook messages you're looking for by using additional search criteria.

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


  1. Click in the Search text box to activate the Search Tools Search tab.

  2. From the Search tab, from the Options group, select Advanced Find.
    Select Tools

  3. In the Advanced Find dialog box, configure options such as word to search, time frame, sent to or from, and so on.

  4. When ready to search, click Find Now.
    Find Now

In Outlook 2007, the Advanced Search feature is accessed by selecting Tools and then selecting Search Tools, then Advanced Find.

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