Windows 11 Outlook search not finding recent emails? Try this workaround


Windows 11 was launched in October 2021 as the next generation of Microsoft’s operating system. Months later, the Redmond giant began rolling out the update to eligible devices.

Over the past few weeks, users of the system have been facing functional and interface issues. For example, we’ve covered multiple reported UI inconsistencies between dark and light modes.

As for functional issues, Windows 11 users report that Outlook’s search function fails to find recent/current emails.

Windows 11 Outlook search cannot find recent emails

According to several reports, Outlook’s search function does not index recent or current emails properly. This includes emails received within the last 7 days (1, 2, 3).

It looks like a systemic problem – more and more users are having the same problem, different tenants.

Search results in Outlook Desktop do not include CURRENT emails (e.g. last 7 days, search “from” and especially for internal senders with @ in the sentence) AND show NO results for SharedMailbox/es (current folder search mode).
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This can be a very frustrating problem for people who have to use Outlook’s search function on a daily basis, whether in the professional or educational field.

Since I upgraded to Windows 11, Outlook can no longer search for text in messages. It worked on Windows 10 and Windows 8/7.

This problem is giving me a headache, I had this problem while upgrading to Windows 10 but I was able to solve it by searching the net.

I’ve tried everything the Microsoft support pages suggested, and many more, but with no resolution.
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Microsoft already knows, try this workaround

It should be noted that Microsoft is aware of the issue described above. Currently, the company is investigating this, in order to develop a fix.

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That said, it seems that a recent Windows 11 update was responsible for causing the problem to appear in Outlook search. The update in question is ‘2021—KB5008212’. So you need to uninstall this update.

The issue occurred after installing a security update from Windows (December 14, 2021—KB5008212).

I had tried to rebuild the indexing but it was the same. Once the problem started, I had researched the solutions and finally found out that the recent Windows update had created the problem. I had uninstalled that particular update and the search issue was resolved.
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So, for now, we just have to wait for Microsoft to fix the problem with the latest Windows 11 update. In the meantime, users can use the workaround described above.

To conclude, this article will be updated as related events unfold. So stay tuned with us.

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