If your search function isn't finding any of your messages or only recent messages in the last two weeks, you may need to rebuild the search index.  You may also receive a message "Instant search encountered a problem while trying to display search results.   Modifying your query may resolve this problem" or "Outlook cannot perform your search."

  1. Choose File | Options | Search
  2. In the "Change the Outlook stores indexed by Windows Search", click Indexing Options
  3. Select Advanced.
  4. In the Troubleshooting section, select Rebuild.
  5. Select Close when finished. 
  6. Click OK to close out of options. 

This Microsoft support article has more detailed information on search issues and troubleshooting tips - https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2769651/outlook-search-returns-no-matches-found

Article number: 
108541
Last updated: 
May 8, 2017
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