Fix: Outlook Search Not Working

We all know that Microsoft Outlook is quite a useful application to keep your work productivity with email communication. One more thing Outlook has is the Outlook search.

Microsoft Outlook makes use of the search option and easily helps you to find and locate emails based on the keywords entered. You can also add additional filters to Outlook search to find specific emails.

Sometimes the Outlook Search Not Working issue may occur and your search cannot be completed. In such situations, you will encounter any of the following issues.

  • Step : 1 Outlook does not return all search results
  • Step : 2 Fails to show any results
  • Step : 3 Not showing older emails
  • Step : 4 Does not find any matches
  • Step : 5 The search tab turns gray

In this troubleshooting guide, we have described methods that can solve the Outlook search issue.

Method 1: Run The Windows Troubleshooter

    • Step : 1 Open the Settings window (Windows + I).
    • Step : 2 Click Update & Security in the Settings window.
    • Step : 3 Select the Troubleshoot option.
    • Step : 4 Under the Find and fix other problems section, select Search and Indexing.
    • Step : 5 Click the Run the troubleshooter button.
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    Outlook Search Not Working

    Method 2: Check If The Indexing Is Complete

    • Step : 1 Open the Outlook application.
    • Step : 2 Click the Search box.
    • Step : 3 Click the Search Tools option and select Indexing Status.
    • Step : 4 The Indexing Status dialog box will appear.
    • Step : 5 You should see the Outlook has finished indexing all of your items messages.
    • Step : 6 Click the OK button.
    • Step : 7 Wait for some time and note if the number is decreasing. If the number of items does not increase, proceed with the next method.
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    Method 3: Check If All Data Files Are Selected

    • Step : 1 Make sure the Outlook application is open.
    • Step : 2 Click the Search box.
    • Step : 3 Click Search Tools and select the Locations to search option.
    • Step : 4 Ensure that all the items (data files) are checked.
    Outlook Search Not Working

    This can reverse the Outlook search not working issue.

    Method 4: Enable Windows Search Services

    • Step : 1 Open the Run command (Windows + R).
    • Step : 2 Type services.msc on the Run Open field and click the OK button.
    • Step : 3 Under the Name section, locate the file by the name Windows Search.
    • Step : 4 Do a right-click on Windows Search and set the Startup type as Automatic (Delayed Start).
    Outlook Search Not Working

    Method 5: Repair Office From Control Panel

    • Step : 1 Click the Start icon on your desktop.
    • Step : 2 Choose the Apps and Features option.
    • Step : 3 Select the Microsoft Office you want to repair.
    • Step : 4 Click Modify.
    Outlook Search Not Working

    Go through the steps as mentioned in this article and you can easily fix the Outlook search not working issue.

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