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How to get search results’ folder paths in Outlook?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2016-08-22

When searching emails across the current mailbox or all mailboxes in Outlook, it will get many search results from many folders. In this situation, it will be confused about the search results’ folder paths. This article will show you how to get the search results’ folder path easily in Outlook.

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arrow blue right bubbleGet a search result’s folder path in Properties dialog box

An email’s location is one factor of its properties. Therefore, we can get a search result’s folder path within its Properties dialog box.

After searching results listing in the mail list, select the search result whose folder path you need to know, and press the Alt + Enter keys simultaneously to open its Properties dialog box.

And then you will get this search result’s folder path in the Location field. See screenshot:


arrow blue right bubbleGet a search result’s detailed folder path in Advanced Find dialog box

If the search results are from multiple folders across all mailboxes, only the folder name in the Properties dialog box may be not clear enough. In this situation, you can get the exact folder path of a search result in Advanced Find dialog box.

1. Double click to open the search result whose folder path you need to know.

2. Now the search result is opening in Message window. Press the Ctrl + Shift + F keys simultaneously to open the Advanced Find dialog box, and then click the Browse button in the dialog box.

Now you will get the exact folder path of the currently opening search result in the Select Folder(s) dialog box. See screenshot:

3. Close dialog boxes.


arrow blue right bubbleGet all search results’ folder path by turning off Reading Pane

If you need to know all search results’ folder paths in bulk, you can turn off Reading Pane in current folder, and get the folder paths in the In Folder column.

After all searching results listing in the mail list, click View > Reading Pane > Off to turn off the Reading Pane in current folder. See screenshot:

And now each search result’s folder path is displaying in the In Folder column. See screenshot:


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In my case, I expected a message and found it using the search function. All three methods above said the found message was residing in my Inbox folder, although it was not visible there - it turned out my inbox had refused to update automatically for several hours and needed a manual update...
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