Desktop search - search email contents - partial string match RRS feed

  • Question

  • Add me to the list of people who far preferred WDS on my xp machine.

    am using Outlook 2007 on windows 7, searching in email.

    Here is a major issue. suppose I have an email contains the string 2134578563 from several months ago. I search for 8563. If I did this using WDS on XP, the email would have appeared. However, now it doesn't. I have to type the entire string, or know other features of the message to find it.


    Can anyone assist?

    Tuesday, April 19, 2011 4:53 PM


  • Launch Windows Explorer, select the Organize button at the top, select folder and search options, select the search tab, check the first three items in the How to Search area. (which would include "natural language search".) Ok and close out.

    Click Start, type partial 8563.

    What was the result?


    You can also click Start=>type index in the search box, select indexing options from the program results and adjust the the items to be index and re-index the computer. This will take a while. The mail files should be in C:\User Name\My Documents\Outlook files for 2007 and 2010 versions.

    The sooner you forget XP the better off you will be. I adapted to issues like this with Vista, so Win 7 seems ok. I am able to find what I want. I keep an XP machine for whatever reason and view it like something from the Smithsonian



    • Proposed as answer by Arthur Xie Thursday, April 21, 2011 8:28 AM
    • Marked as answer by Arthur Xie Monday, April 25, 2011 9:25 AM
    Wednesday, April 20, 2011 1:39 PM