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How to enable query builder for advanced filter/search in Outlook?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2020-05-27

Normally Microsoft Outlook users can customize search criteria or filter criteria, and find out required results easily. For example, you can easily find out messages which were received in last week or marked as Red category with configuring criteria in the following screen shot.
However, it seems hard to find out messages that meet both criteria of received in last week and marked as Red category in the meantime. Actually you can enable the Query Builder tab in the Filter dialog box and filter messages meeting several criteria at the same time in Microsoft Outlook.

Enable Query Builder by configuring the registry
Easily enable Query Builder with Kutools for Outlook

Enable Query Builder by configuring the registry

To enable and show the Query Builder tab in the advanced Find dialog log or Filter dialog box, please do as following:

Step 1: Exit the Microsoft Outlook, and press the Win + R keys together to open the Run dialog box.

Step 2: In the Run dialog box, enter the regedit in the Open box and click the OK button.

Step 3: In the popping up User Account Control dialog box, click the Yes button.

Step 4: Now you get into the Registry Editor window, find out the Outlook folder with following paths:

Outlook 2007: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Outlook
Outlook 2010: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook
Outlook 2013:  HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Outlook
Outlook 2016 or the later version: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Outlook

Step 5: Right click the Outlook folder in the left pane, and then click the New > Key from the right clicking menu, name the new key as QueryBuilder and press the Enter key.

Now open the Microsoft Outlook, and you will see the Query Builder tab has been added in the Filter dialog box and Advanced Find dialog box.


  • (1) You can open the Filter dialog box with clicking the View tab > View Settings > Filter in Outlook 2010 and 2013, or clicking View > Current View > Customize Current View > Filter in Outlook 2007.
  • (2) You can open the Advanced Find dialog box with highlighting the Instant Search box, then clicking SearchTools > Search Tab > Search Tools > Advanced Find in Outlook 2010 and 2013, or clicking Tools > Instant Search > Advanced Find in Outlook 2007.

On the Query Builder tab, you can customize more complex and flexible filter criteria or searching criteria easily, so that find out much more precise results of messages, appointments, tasks, contacts, etc. in Microsoft Outlook.

Easily enable Query Builder with Kutools for Outlook

The Restore “Query Builder” utility of Kutools for Outlook can help you easily enable the Query Builder tab in the Advanced Find dialog box. Please do as follows:

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1. Click Kutools > Options in the Options group. 

2. In the Options dialog box, go to the Others tab, and check the Restore “Query Builder” tab in Outlook Advanced Find Dialog box, then click the OK button. See screenshot:

Then the Query Builder tab is restored and displayed in the Advanced Find dialog box immediately.

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  If you want to have a free trial (30-day) of this utility, please click to download it, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.

Easily enable Query Builder with Kutools for Outlook

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The registry change worked perfectly. Thanks!
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This is excellent -- thanks for including the cross-reference of Outlook Version (e.g. 2010) to version number (e.g. 14) -- the other sites I found did not include that.
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Thank you for the solution! Registry tweak works perfectly the same also for Office 2016. Please update the Step 4 description, by adding: Outlook 2016: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Outlook
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