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How to show folders in search results in Outlook?

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2014-06-24

By default, when you enable the search function in Outlook emails, the search results will be listed and sorted by date. If you search for All Mail Items, obviously you have no idea of which folders the search results are locating in at a glance. You need to put your cursor on the email and find the folder in the email screen tip, just like the below screenshot shows.

Actually, there is an easily way for you to directly show folders in search results. Please follow the following tutorial.

Show search folders in search results in Outlook 2010 and 2013

Show search folders in search results in Outlook 2007

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arrow blue right bubbleShow search folders in search results in Outlook 2010 and 2013

1. Enable the Search, after all the search results are listed in the Mail list pane, go to the View tab.

2. In the View tab, click the button to expand the Arrangement box.

3. Then select Folder in the Arrangement box.

4. Then the email search results are sorted by folder immediately.

As the below screenshot shows, some email search results are locating in a folder named “Important”.

arrow blue right bubbleShow search folders in search results in Outlook 2007

If you are using Outlook 2007, you can also classify the filtered emails by folder as you want.

1. Search for your desired messages firstly.

2. And then click View > Arrange By > Folder, see screenshot:

3. And your filtered messages have been arranged by folder as following screenshot shown. You can easily see which folder the emails are locating.

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If you show only the folder without the tree, how can you locate the document if you have two like-named subfolders? For example, multiple customers' folders, with similar sub-folders: Acme - Contracts and Burton Co. - Contracts. Can we show trees in search results so that we can find the correct emails?
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