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How to create a search folder from Inbox only in Outlook?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2016-08-31

When creating a search folder in Outlook, it will search emails in all folders of the same email account. But, this article will show you how to change the default search scope and let a search folder search emails in the Inbox folder only.

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For creating a search folder within Inbox folder only in Outlook, please do as follows:

1. In the Mail view, select the email account you will create the search folder within on the Navigation Pane (or Folder Pane), and click Folder > New Search Folder. See screenshot:

2. In the New Search Folder dialog box, click to highlight the Create a custom Search Folder option, and click the Choose button. See screenshot:

3. Now you get into the Custom Search Folder dialog box, type a name for the new search folder in the Name box, and click the Criteria button; next in the opening Search Folder Criteria dialog box, specify the search criteria and click the OK button.

4. Now you return to the Custom Search Folder dialog box, please click the Browse button; next in the Select Folder(s) dialog box, please only check the Inbox folder and click the OK button.

Note: it’s optional to check the Search subfolders option in the Select Folder(s) dialog box.

5. Click the OK buttons to close the Custom Search Folder dialog box and New Search Folder dialog box.

And now a new search folder is created and it will search emails in the Inbox folder only.


arrow blue right bubble Change a search folder’s scope to Inbox only in Outlook

If you have created a search folder, you can change its search scope to Inbox folder only with below steps:

1. In the Mail view, select the search folder whose search scope you need to change on the Navigation Pane (or Folder Pane), and click Folder > Customize This Search Folder. See screenshot:

2. Now in the opening Customize dialog box, please click the Browse button. See screenshot below:

3. In the popping out Select Folder(s) dialog box, please only check the Inbox folder, optional check the Search subfolders option, and click the OK button. See screenshot above.

4. Click the OK button in the Customize dialog box.

So far, the selected search folder’s search scope has been changed to the Inbox folder only.


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This is an incredibly complicated process to just search my inbox. And the functionality is already available.
How To Create A Search Folder From Inbox Only In Outlook?
Go to your Inbox.Enter the search criteria (e.g. "Salad") in the search box at the top of the screen.Press the down arrow in the search box.The default is "Current Mailbox" so just press "Search".
That's just two mouse clicks - click on the down arrow, click on "Search".
I'd include a screen shot but I can't find the functionality to do so below. Is it a sticker or is the functionality not available?

I've only included my email because I can't "Post" my comment without it.
Please do not bombard my Inbox with emails just because you've got my email address.
Please do not publish my email address in the Comments section for the world so see.
Please to not publish my name in the Comments section for the world to see.
I want to be anonymous (you can see my name from my email).
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Using your method it still returns too many items because the default of the latest outlook is to show the email thread. So using the standard search, even if you select current mailbox it will include sent items to see the thread, sort by focus items, and do all the other dumb additional adds that outlook has included. This method is better if you want a true INBOX only search function.
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