Search Folders


Applies to: Office 365 for professionals and small businesses, Office 365 for enterprises, Microsoft Exchange, Live@edu

Topic Last Modified: 2011-03-19

A search folder is a virtual folder you can use to quickly find all messages that match a set of search criteria. For example, the Unread Mail search folder lets you view all unread messages in your mailbox from one location, even if the messages are in different Mail folders.

This information applies to the standard version of Outlook Web App. The feature that's described isn't available in the light version of Outlook Web App.
This feature may not be available for your account.

There are three default search folders:

  • Categorized Mail includes items that have one or more categories associated with them.

  • Large Mail includes items that are larger than 100 KB.

  • Unread Mail includes items that are marked as Unread.

By default, Outlook Web App displays no search folders unless they've been initialized on the server that hosts your mailbox. To initialize a search folder on the server, you need to open Outlook in Online mode and then open each search folder you want Outlook Web App to display. If you need help, contact technical support.

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