Hidden Feature: Outlook Search using Query Builder

Ever wish there was a way to create better search folders within Microsoft Outlook to manage your emails? Microsoft has hidden a powerful search feature – the Query Builder – in the registry since Outlook 2010. We can enable it by the steps below:

Step 1: Add the QueryBuilder key

  1. Close Outlook.
  2. In Windows XP, click Start > Run, type regedit and press Enter. In Windows Vista/Windows 7, click Start, in the Search box, type regedit and press Enter.
  3. Locate the registry subkey: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook
  4. Right-click Outlook and choose New > Key. Type the name as QueryBuilder.
  5. Close registry editor.

Step 2: Add the Advance Find command

  1. Click File > Options > Customize Ribbon.
  2. Choose All commands from the drop down list, and find the command Advance Find…
  3. From left pane, select Home and click New Group, new group will be added to Home tab, change its name to Advance Search, and then click Add >> button to add Advance Find command to newly created group. Click OK to save the settings.
  4. Now Switch to Home tab, you will see the newly added command button, click Advance Find to open the Advance search options.
  5. You will reach Advance Field dialog, now if you are already acquaint with this feature, then you will notice that one new tab with the name of Query Builder is added in to Advance Find dialog.
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