One of the frustrating issues with using Outlook as your email client is the difficulty finding an email you received when you need it. The search functionality has never been great. Each successive version of Outlook has gotten better in its ability to help you find just the email you need but it’s still not perfect.
Email Insights, a new experimental app from the Microsoft Garage, is an attempt to help you speed up the searching for content within your Outlook client. It is a separate Windows application that indexes your Outlook email contents and provides an easy way to search for any email.
The top three results in the search window are called “Relevant emails.”
You can narrow down your search results by using the filter button to:
- Search a specific folder.
- Search for emails from a particular person.
- Search for emails that contain an attachment.
- Search for emails that contain a website link.
The search engine can tolerate a certain degree of spelling mistakes and spelling errors within a name by using the included “Fuzzy Engine.” You can also open multiple tabs allowing you to have multiple searches open.
Click here to download the Email Insights app. Please heed the warning above and check with your IT team before experimenting on your work computer.
This is a simple program that does just one thing – helps you find email. The biggest problem I have had with it over the last few weeks was remembering to use it when I needed to search for email. 😉
What tools do you use to help find Outlook email easier?