Change the Search Provider in Office 2013

Change the Search Provider in Office 2013

When you right click on text in Outlook (or in Word) one of the options in the context menu is "Search with Bing". If you prefer to use a different search engine, you can do so by adding two values to the registry, one for the display name and one for the URI. You can  

Find messages in a conversation

Find messages in a conversation

When you use Instant Search to find messages from a person, the results contain only messages from that person, not all messages in the conversation. You can use a macro to create an Instant Search that includes messages to and from the sender of the selected message.

Remove old appointments from your calendar

Remove old appointments from your calendar

It's not difficult to end up with a lot of old holidays on your calendar, some in duplicate or triplicate. Fortunately, they are just as easy to remove with an Instant Search query.

Search People finds contacts that don't exist

Search People finds contacts that don't exist

I'm not a big fan of the People Hub view in Outlook 2013's contacts. It's too cluttered, it's confusing. While you can edit contacts in the contact cards, it supports only the main contact fields. If you want to edit the contact photo and add (or open) attachments, you need to open the full contact.

Use Instant search to find messages from a contact

Use Instant search to find messages from a contact

Use VBA to create an Instant Search query for a selected contact or for messages sent to and from an email address. Can use this macro to search for journal items in Outlook 2013.

Searching for Outlook items in Windows 8

Searching for Outlook items in Windows 8

Windows 8 Search does not include Outlook data.

Use VBA to create an Outlook search folder using the selected message

Use VBA to create an Outlook search folder using the selected message

How to use VBA to create a search folder for the sender's address from a selected message. VBA code sample included.

How to Create a Unified Inbox View

How to Create a Unified Inbox View

How to use create a Unified Inbox filter in Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2013 using VBA and a search query. Turn any frequently used search into a macro.

Searching Outlook's Calendar

Instant Search can handle most searches, Advanced find can search more fields and Query Builder lets you refine your searches, but you can't save the searches or print the results.

Partial Word Searches in Outlook 2010

Two users who recently upgraded to Outlook 2010 came to me for help using search. The first user wanted to search for partial words, which is not supported by Instant Search. The other user used Office search (.oss) files to find all mail received between and including two dates in his previous version of Outlook