Windows 11 Outlook Search Not Working: 6 Fixes

Having trouble with Outlook search not working on Windows 11? You can fix the problem with these simple fixes.

The Outlook email client has been around for a long time and is generally reliable. Unfortunately, sometimes certain Outlook features do not work.

One of the features that may stop working is Outlook’s search feature. When the search function is not working in Outlook, it hampers your workflow. This makes it harder to find senders and messages.

If you are having a problem with Windows 11 Outlook search not working, here are six fixes to fix the problem.

Run the Search and Indexing Troubleshooter in Outlook

One of the easiest fixes you can start with is to run the Search and Indexing Troubleshooter.

To run the troubleshooter in Windows 11, follow these steps:

  1. Click it Start button or press the windows key and select Settings from the menu.Windows 11 Startup Settings
  2. When Setting opens, select System > Troubleshooting > Other Troubleshooters.
  3. Scroll down on the right side, find Search and indexingand click on the To run button.Windows 11 Outlook search not working
  4. Picking out Outlook search does not return results and continue with the on-screen instructions. When you run it, the troubleshooter automatically identifies and fixes problems.Windows 11 Outlook search not working

After running the troubleshooter, open Outlook and see if the search works. If not, continue to another troubleshooting step below.

Repair Outlook on Windows 11

Windows 11 can detect and fix issues with Office apps (including Outlook). A repair will solve problems with Outlook files without losing any saved data.

To repair Outlook on Windows 11:

  1. Open Settings through the Start menu.
  2. Select Apps > Installed Apps.
  3. Type Desk in the Search fieldclick it three points and select Advanced options from the menu.Windows 11 Outlook search not working
  4. Scroll the right side up to Reset section and click on the Repair button.Windows 11 Outlook search not working
  5. When the repair is complete, a check mark will appear next to it. After the repair, relaunch Outlook and see if the search works.Windows 11 Outlook search not working

Check search indexing and locations

If Outlook search isn’t working, you’ll need to check the indexing options and locations and make sure it’s set up correctly.

To check search indexing and locations:

  1. Open Outlook and place the cursor in the Search bar.
  2. Click it Research tools menu and click Indexing status.Windows 11 Outlook search not working
  3. Allow time for Outlook to index the files.
  4. When finished, click OKAYand see if Outlook’s search works.Windows 11 Outlook search not working

Rebuild the search index

Another way to fix Outlook search is to manually rebuild the Windows 11 search index. Rebuilding the cache can provide a fresh start and remove any conflicting files.

To manually rebuild the search index cache on Windows 11:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Type PCL and select Control Panel under the Best match section.Windows 11 Outlook search not working
  3. Make sure Seen by is set to Big Icons and click Indexing options.Windows 11 Outlook search not working
  4. From Indexing options screen, click the Advanced button near the bottom.Windows 11 Outlook search not working
  5. A message will appear informing you that rebuilding the index may take some time—click OKAY to confirm. rebuild options

Wait for the indexing rebuild to complete. Once done, try Outlook search again to check if it works.

Reset Microsoft Outlook on Windows 11

If you still have problem with Windows 11 search not working, you can reset the Outlook app. A reset deletes app data, so you’ll need to re-enter your data and reconfigure your settings. However, it will remove conflicting files and provide a clean install with the latest app updates.

To reinstall Outlook on Windows 11:

  1. Open the Settings menu through the Start menu.Windows 11 Startup Settings
  2. Type Desk in the Search fieldclick it three points and select Advanced options from the menu.Windows 11 Outlook search not working
  3. Scroll the right side up to Reset section and click on the Reset button.reset app
  4. When the verification menu appears, click on the Reset button.reset app outlook

Run an SFC and DISM scan

If Outlook is not working after following the above steps, it may be due to corrupted system files. To repair system files, you can try a System File Checker (SFC) and Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) to analyse.

To run SFC and DISM scans:

  1. Click it Begin button or press the windows key.
  2. To research PowerShell and select Execute as administrator from the options on the right.open powershell as administrator
  3. When the PowerShell terminal opens, run the following command.
    sfc / scannow

    sfc-scannow terminal

  4. After the SFC scan is complete, run a DISM scan by running the following command.
    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

    Windows 11 DISM Scan

Fix Outlook search not working

If you are having an issue with Windows 11 Outlook search not working, using the troubleshooting steps should help resolve the issue.

The popular email client has many other features such as adding Microsoft Teams to Outlook. It is also possible to share a calendar in Outlook and create a contact group or a distribution list.

If you’re a Mac user, learn how to use Focused Inbox in Outlook for Mac.

Brandon D. James