Outlook for Windows is getting a new searchbar and this will gradually roll out to other Office 365.

The new search bar is hard to miss as it now right at the top of the tittle bar above the ribbon.

New Outlook Search Bar

Simple Search Bar

Type in a search phrase and press enter, i twill list as it does now.

Click on the down arrow to see further search options. All the same options you used to are available but in a clearer view.

Search in:  choose from Current Folder, Subfolders, Current Mailbox, All Mailboxes or All Outlook Items.

Attachments: show only results with attachments Yes / No

Attachment contains:  searches for the text in the attachments.






Configurable Search Menu

The new search pane is now configurable.

Add more options lets you turn on and off the options to suit yourself.

Search Menu

More Actions

Now when you click in search box previous searches will appear for quick search.

Below that are ‘Recently Used Actions’ and ‘Suggested Actions’

More Actions

We do not know how these Actions are yet chosen. We never use AutoArchive or Automatic Replies. The suggested Action does not appear to be based on any obvious logic.

It would be better if these Actions could be selected by the user

The recently search list in our opinion is missing a component, the ability to remove a recent search. It could be a typo or something the user deosn’t want to appear for privacy reasons.

Time and time again over the years Microsoft adds these kind of recently used lists. After users complain the ability to edit and pin the list is added sometime later. It would have been nice to get these features added from the start without having to raise feature requests to Microsoft.