Tip of the week # 524
13 October 2017

Find email messages sent or received between certain dates (Microsoft Outlook) *

I hope you use of the improved search that was introduced in Outlook version 2007? I don't mean simply typing in the Search box, but using the different buttons to refine your search. For example, use the From button and click on Has Attachments and This Week to find any message from a certain person that you received this week as long as it contains one or more attachments.

If you do, you might have noticed that the This Week drop-down list is restricting you to search for Today, Yesterday, This Week, Last Week, This Month, This Year and Last Year. So what if you want to search for a specific period?

Here's how:

  1. Click in the Instant Search box in the top right hand corner or press CTRL + E.
  2. Type received:>=d/m AND <=d/m

For example, received:>=1/9 AND <=13/9 will find any emails that arrived between 1 and 13 September 2017.

If you did not find what you were looking for, click on the Try searching again in All Mail Items link at the bottom of the search results page.

Oh, and don't forget that your 10 most recent searches are saved and can be found when clicking on the Recent Searches button on the Search Tools ribbon.

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  3. Reduce irrelevant search results: tip_376.php
  4. Search for messages sent to a particular person during a certain period of time: tip_406.php


* Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2010.