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How to exclude attachment content from searching in Outlook?

When directly entering text content that you want to filter out the emails based on into the Search box in Outlook, the search results will be displayed in email subject, body, as well as the attachment content. If you want to exclude attachment content from searching in Outlook, the method in this article can help you.

Exclude attachment content from searching in Outlook

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Exclude attachment content from searching in Outlook

Actually, you can narrow your search condition to exclude attachment content from searching in Outlook. Please do as follows.

1. If you just want to search content “test” in email body, please enter content:test into the Search box. See screenshot:

For searching in email subject only, please use this search condition: subject:test.

For searching in both email subject and body, please apply subject:test content:test.

The attachment content won’t be included in the email search with the above searching criteria.


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    jh · 8 months ago
    Good afternoon

    I have the KuTools add-on in my 2013 perspective

    to save the attachments that reach my mail

    I have two questions, how can I configure KuTools to save only the .txt files?
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      crystal · 7 months ago
      Good day,
      Kutools does not support saving only the specific attachment yet. We are considering to upgrade the feature in the future. Thanks for supporting our add-in.
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    · 1 years ago
    I've noticed that when I do a search in Outlook, Outlook considers it a match if some of the terms I'm searching for are in a message attachment. I'd like to disable this. That is, when I search for terms in my email archive, I don't want to see something listed where some of the terms I'm searching for are in an attachment. I only want to see results where everything I'm searching for is in the message itself (or its headers).
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      crystal · 1 years ago
      Hi,
      As mentioned in this article, if you just want to do mail search in message itself, please enter content:YourSearchContent into the Search box.
      For searching for headers(Subject), please use this search criteria: subject:YourSearchContent.