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Windows 11 Outlook Search Not Working: 6 Fixes

Having trouble with Outlook search not working on Windows 11? You can troubleshoot the problem with these simple fixes.

The Outlook email client has been around for a long time and is generally reliable. Unfortunately, there are times when certain Outlook features will fail to work.

One of the features that can stop working is Outlook’s search functionality. When the search function isn’t working in Outlook, it hinders your workflow. It makes it more challenging to find senders and messages.

If you’re having a problem with Windows 11 Outlook search not working, here are six fixes to fix the problem.

Run the Search and Indexing Troubleshooter in Outlook

One of the more straightforward fixes you can start with is running the Search and Indexing troubleshooter.

To run the troubleshooter on Windows 11, do the following:

  1. Click the Start button or press the Windows key and select Settings from the menu.Start Settings Windows 11
  2. When Setting opens, select System > Troubleshoot > Other troubleshooters.
  3. Scroll down on the right side, find Search and Indexing, and click the Run button.Windows 11 Outlook Search Not Working
  4. Choose Outlook search doesn’t return results and continue with the onscreen instructions. When you run it, the troubleshooter will identify and fix problems automatically.Windows 11 Outlook Search Not Working

After running the troubleshooter, open Outlook and see if search is working. If it isn’t, continue with another troubleshooting step below.

Repair Outlook on Windows 11

Windows 11 can detect and fix problems with Office apps (including Outlook). A repair will fix problems with Outlook’s files without losing any saved data.

To repair Outlook on Windows 11:

  1. Open Settings via the Start menu.
  2. Select Apps > Installed apps.
  3. Type Office in the Search field, click the three-dot menu, and select Advanced options from the menu.Windows 11 Outlook Search Not Working
  4. Scroll down the right side to the Reset section and click the Repair button.Windows 11 Outlook Search Not Working
  5. After the repair finishes, a checkmark will display next to it. After the repair, relaunch Outlook and see if search is working.Windows 11 Outlook Search Not Working

Check Search Indexing and Locations

If Outlook search isn’t working, you’ll want to verify indexing options and locations and ensure it’s appropriately set up.

To check search indexing and locations:

  1. Open Outlook and place the cursor in the Search box.
  2. Click the Search Tools menu and click on Indexing Status.Windows 11 Outlook Search Not Working
  3. Allow time for Outlook to index files.
  4. When it finishes, click OK, and see if Outlook’s search is working.Windows 11 Outlook Search Not Working

Rebuild the Search Index

Another way you can fix Outlook search is by rebuilding the Windows 11 search index manually. Rebuilding the cache can provide a fresh start and remove any conflicting files.

To rebuild the Search Index cache manually on Windows 11:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Type CPL and select Control Panel under the Best match section.Windows 11 Outlook Search Not Working
  3. Make sure View by is set to Large icons and click Indexing Options.Windows 11 Outlook Search Not Working
  4. From the Indexing Options screen, click the Advanced button near the bottom.Windows 11 Outlook Search Not Working
  5. A message will appear letting you know that rebuilding the index can take a while to complete—click OK to confirm. rebuild options

Wait while the indexing rebuilding completes. After it’s finished, try Outlook search again to check if it’s working.

Reset Microsoft Outlook on Windows 11

If you still have a problem with Windows 11 search not working, you can reset the Outlook app. A reset removes the app’s data, so you’ll need to re-enter your data and reconfigure your settings. However, it will remove conflicting files and provide a clean installation with the latest app updates.

To reinstall Outlook on Windows 11:

  1. Open the Settings menu via the Start menu.Start Settings Windows 11
  2. Type Office in the Search field, click the three-dot menu, and select Advanced options from the menu.Windows 11 Outlook Search Not Working
  3. Scroll down the right side to the Reset section and click the Reset button.reset app
  4. When the verification menu appears, click the Reset button.reset app outlook

Run an SFC and DISM Scan

If Outlook isn’t working after using the steps above, it could be due to corrupt system files. To fix the system files, you can try an System File Checker (SFC) and Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) scan.

To run SFC and DISM scans:

  1. Click the Start button or press the Windows key.
  2. Search for PowerShell and select Run as Administrator from the options on the right.open powershell as admin
  3. When the PowerShell terminal opens, run the following command.
    sfc / scannow

    terminal SFC-scannow

  4. After the SFC scan completes, run a DISM scan by running the following command.
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

    DISM Scan Windows 11

Fixing Outlook Search Not Working

If you have a problem with Windows 11 Outlook search not working, using the troubleshooting steps should help to fix the problem.

The popular email client has many other features like adding Microsoft Teams to Outlook. It’s also possible to share a calendar in Outlook and create a contact group or distribution list.

If you’re a Mac user, check out how to use the Focused Inbox in Outlook for Mac.

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