Tame your computer - super search selections

In her regular series for Cambridge Network members - now in its 15th year - software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'. This week she explains how to use Outlook's predefined filters to find that needle in a haystack.

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Searching in Outlook is powerful – and easy, once you know how.

I wrote my first “find a needle in a haystack” tip back in November 2009 and since then I’ve been banging on about overcoming old habits and finding faster ways of working. So I hope you have fallen in love with the Search bar and set up some useful Search Folders. Perhaps you use  CTRL + E or ALT + Q?

But have you ever used the Filter Email button in the Find group on the Home tab? I feel this can be particularly helpful for those of you work with Categories, as shown below and described in tip 580.

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Let me know what your favourite way of searching in Outlook is. Have a look at the following tips for inspiration…

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This tip is written for Microsoft 365 desktop apps and Windows 10 users, but might also be useful in Office 2010, 2013 and 2016. I meticulously test every tip I write to make sure it is correct, easy to understand and time-saving. Let me know if something isn't clear or doesn't work.

25 October 2021

Karen Roem offers software training and support through her company Roem Ltd.  Contact her by email (Karen@roem.co.uk) or visit her website at www.roem.co.uk

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