I didn’t realise until recently that you could search your hotmail inbox using keywords to narrow the search. I’m talking about the web version of Hotmail, not when you’re accessing it via a client application like Outlook.
For example, let’s say you wanted to find an email from your friend John Lyons, that will have been filed in a folder called “School”. Just type “from:Lyons folder:School” in the search box at the top right of your hotmail webpage:
It works with “to” as well, and of course you can search all folders by omitting the “folder” keyword.
[Update: "Subject" works too, so for example looking for emails with a subject containing the word "tickets", you would enter "subject:tickets"]
With my inbox having well over 10,000 messages, and multiple folders, this kind of search refinement is really useful to me. It’s really quick too.
when i typed "folder:inbox" it did'nt work. how can i search in inbox? thanks..
Seems to work ok for me. What is the exact query you're typing into the search box?
What a revelation! Thanks, Ian.
Hmmm - Great if you can remember the first word in the Subject title but I'm not sure Hotmail will search in the middle . . . by contrast Yahoo seemed to do this contrary to what their site says it will do
Hi GrahamB, it searches the entire subject line. It doesn't need to start with the word you're looking for. So yes, it does search "in the middle" :-)
Thanks Ian - I eventually deduced this with a bit of trial and error. I've separately sent a comment to Microsoft along the lines that I seemed to find that the search string needed at least 2 characters. If you agree with me on this, it'll confirm to me that I wasn't having a fat day!
Seems to work ok with 1 character for me. Not sure about that fat day. Mind you, I think most of my days are fat days so we're even ;-)
my search is not working today. anyone else?