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How to show full folder path of email search results in Outlook?

Have you ever felt frustrated that the Outlook only shows the containing folder for each matching search results? If there are folders with same names in your Outlook, it is time-consuming to find the specific folder one by one for a certain search result. Showing full folder path of email search result is an efficient way for you to find the certain folder of the searched out emails. Please browse the following article for more detailed information.

Show full folder path of email search results in Outlook

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To find the full folder path of an email in search results list in Outlook, please do as follows.

1. After finishing searching emails, please select an email which you want to show its full folder path.

2. Then click Search > Search Tools > Advanced Find in Outlook 2010 /2013/2016, or you can press Ctrl + Shift +F shortcut keys to enable the Find and Replace function.

Tip: In Outlook 2007, please click Tools > Instant Search > Advanced Find to open the Find and Replace dialog, see screenshot:

3. In the popping up Advanced Find dialog box, please click Browse button.

4. After clicking Browse button in the Advanced Find dialog box, a Select Folder(s) dialog box will pop up. In this dialog, you can see the specific folder of your selected email which is locating at has been checked with a mark.

You can see the full folder path of the search result at a glance with this method, and the go to the certain folder to find the email you have search out easily.



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    JF · 1 years ago
    It worked but : "please select an email" -> doesn't work for me, I have to "open the email" and then proceed with step 2 - 4 for this to work.

    Thanks for the help undisclosed author, Im a very structured guy with shit ton of subfolders but one misclick/misdrag and a folder will be lost for days/forever. This weird workaround to find the full folder path take 5 seconds and BAM! folder found. Thanks, its weird but its not like microsoft will get their shit togheter anytime soon so Im happy theres a work around at the very least (I was afraid to have to extract the outlook database and search trough it, aint nobody got time for that).
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      ID · 1 years ago
      Thanks JF , your comment help me as i was having same problem and after opening mail i found the path.
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    fryque · 1 years ago
    This is one of the most stupid things that I have seen. I would spend 10 hours searching with this method. Ridiculous. Not you, but the Outlook process.
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      JJ · 1 years ago
      I agree. You have to manually and individually search each folder to find the check mark. So I don't see how this helps at all. If the check mark showed up at the highest level and each subsequent level, then it would be helpful. But since it only shows up at the exact, individual level, you have to hunt and peck. Not helpful. Contrast to OneDrive, another Microsoft product, where if you sync a low level folder, check marks show up all the way to the top level so you have context and can find it.
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    elbycloud · 2 years ago
    I get the error "Outlook cannot perform your search. Outlook cannot display this view". Dying to know where the little dickens went.
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    Peter Y · 2 years ago
    This does seem applicable to Outlook for Macintosh version 15.26.1

    There is no find and replace nor browse options in the advanced search options only an extra menu bar that allows further criteria for the search to be added.
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    John Reaney · 2 years ago
    Does work, but need to open email first, click Ctrl,Shift,F, then Browse on Advanced Find Dialog.
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      Dr. Overlord · 4 months ago
      THIS is what works, not the instructions in the article. Thank you very much for posting the correct way to do it. And you're right, nothing is more frustrating than not being able to find the location of an email. Yet Microsoft programmers still bury this basic and important information and force their customers to search for it. Typical great design we've all come to expect from Microsoft.
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      Charlie · 1 years ago
      OMG. you are a lifesaver. I was figuring ho and then saw your comment. Thanks.
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      fendon c · 2 years ago
      Thank you very much you are right you need to open the email first. It did not work for me at first but after I followed your instructions, it worked just fine. Thanks.
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        John Reaney · 2 years ago
        Glad I was able to help as nothing more frustrating that not being able to find a lost email.