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How to find out old email messages in Outlook?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2020-05-20

 

Normally messages are arranged and grouped by date, and the messages that you received one month ago will be grouped in the Older group. However, it is tough to find out email messages that are older than specified time, for example messages older than 3 months. Of course you can sort all email messages by received date, and then get old email messages. But here we will introduce you an easier way to find out and group old email messages, and update the grouping of old email messages every day automatically.

Find out old email messages in Outlook


Find out old email messages in Outlook

The following step-by-step tutorial will help you create a search folder and group all messages that are older than your specified period.

1. Open the New Search Folder dialog box as right screenshot shown:
    A. In Outlook 2007, please click the File > New > Search Folder.
    B. In Outlook 2010/2013/2016, please click the  Folder > New Search Folder.

2. In the New Search Folder dialog box, select and highlight the Old mail in the Select a search Folder: box. And then select an email account in the Search mail in drop-down box.

By default, it will group messages older than one week into the new created search folder. If this default condition “older than one week” meets your needs, please click the OK to finish the setting.

If you want to modify the definition of old time, please go on to the following steps.

3. In the Customize search Folder: section, click the Choose button.

4. In the Old Mail dialog box, please definite the old time according to your needs.

In our case, we enter 1 in the first box, and select the month(s) in the second box. That’s meaning it will group all messages older than 1 month.

5. Click the OK buttons in each dialog box.
Then you will find a new search folder is created and added into the Navigation Pane, and the new folder’s name is based on your definition of old time.


Demo: Find out old email messages in Outlook


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hi can you help me retreive my last email adress please
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Hi, do you mean the last email address that sent you an message?
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Need to find the cause of a single email going to dozens of people for 3 months now - and still going. I sent the email around early Sept and now it's gone to her & 
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To walmart.com
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I CAN'T GET ANY OLD MAIL IN MY AOL WHAT'S GOING ON?
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chloe harding 8-4-21
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Need to search for December emails
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Watson clinicMail last week
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Hi Hope Bradford,
Do you need to find out the email sending from Waston clinic last week? If so, you can type in below search criteria in the Instant Search box to look for the emails.
received: last week from:"Watson clinic"
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send me mye mail that i deleted tody
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Hi claudette nadeau,
You can open the Deleted Items folder, and then type in the search criteria modified: today in the Instant Search box to find out the emails you removed today.
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see today e mails send to me again deleted by mistake
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Email received from 2013 Thomas de Boer Claushius
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