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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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arrow blue right bubble Show full folder path of email search results in Outlook

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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    Chris · 2 months ago
    In Office Professional Plus 2013, when your search results are in the compact view, if you hover over a message there is a tooltip that pops up that lists the name of the folder containing the message. This won't help if you have multiple folders with the same name, but for me that is usually all I need.
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    mark · 8 months ago
    Outlook 2016
    The answer I worked through as need to see where the Folder is in Outlook 2016
    Do the search for the file and after finishing searching emails you have results
    You must -Double click the e-mail you want and fully open in the reading pane
    Now and only now press Ctrl+Shift and F
    Advance find opens as above 3 - In the popping up Advanced Find dialog box, please click Browse button.
    Then as above 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.

    T'dah!
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      Connie · 8 months ago
      Fantastic, been looking all over, and got the results immediately, also, did another search and it came up with the In Folder with it as well. Thank you so much!!
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    Bhooman · 8 months ago
    Here is one way of doing it. After looking at numerous forums to find the answer (and none of them have it), I ended up finding the answer the old fashion way (pre-google era), trial and error!

    In Outlook 2016,
    1. In the search result pane, right click on the column header (any column).
    2. In context sensitive drop down, select 'View Settings'.
    3. Select 'Columns...' button from the pop up window 'Advanced View Settings: Compact'.
    4. The next popup window is titled 'Show Columns', Under the drop down menu, select 'All Post fields'.
    5. From the left side column list, select 'In Folder' and click on 'Add ->' button.
    6. This will add 'In Folder' column in the list on the right hand side.
  • To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.
    Bhooman · 8 months ago
    Here is one way of doing it. After looking at numerous forums to find answer (and none of them have it), I ended up finding the answer the old fashion way (pre-google era), trial and error!

    In Outlook 2016,
    1. In the search result pane, right click on the column header (any column).
    2. In context sensitive drop down, select 'View Settings'.
    3. Select 'Columns...' button from the pop up window 'Advanced View Settings: Compact'.
    4. The next popup window is titled 'Show Columns', Under the drop down menu, select 'All Post fields'.
    5. From the left side column list, select 'In Folder' and click on 'Add ->' button.
    6. This will add 'In Folder' column in the list on the right hand side.
    7. All you do now is click on couple of 'OK' buttons and you are set.

    This won't show you the full path but the sub folder your email is stored in.
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      Bob · 1 months ago
      After 7 months, you still got it! Happy Days reference. Thanks for the answer.
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      Karen · 2 months ago
      This was very helpful. Thank you.
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    pei-chun tsai · 9 months ago
    i was trying to link my calendar item associated with the details ( website, speaker, time of event, etc.) of an email, the above tips did not work for me due to the fact i did not have "advanced find" my search tool;, so instead of spending a lot time looking for the "advanced find", i went back to the email, right click on the item, and copy the item, then go back to the calendar item, then paste it as an attachment, bingo, it works!