Perform Advanced Searches in Windows 10 Mail

Windows 10 includes a new Mail app which is simplistic and allows you to send and receive e-mail from multiple accounts. A lesser known feature of the app is the ability to perform advanced searches. Here is how it can be done.

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Windows 10 comes with a Universal app, "Mail". The app is intended to provide basic email functionality to Windows 10 users. It supports multiple accounts, comes with preset settings to quickly add mail accounts from popular services, and includes all the essential functionality to read, send and receive emails.


Tip: One of the features of the Mail app in Windows 10 is the ability to customize the app's background image. See the following article:

Change Mail App Background to Custom Color in Windows 10

Perform Advanced Searches in Windows 10 Mail

Windows 10 Mail supports a number of operators you can enter into the search field. They will be processed by the Outlook mail service, so you will get the same experience (as what you get when) you search for a letter with the web version of the service.


The syntax of your search query should be as follows: keyword:{search criteria}.

Windows Mail Advanced Search

For example, the query can look as follows: from:Abhishek. This will populate a list of email letters received from all persons named Abhishek.

Search expressions

Your search criteria may include the following search expressions and wildcards.

  • Subject:product plan will find any message with “product” or “plan” in the subject.
  • Subject:(product plan) will find any message with both “product” and “plan” in the subject.
  • Subject:“product plan” will find any message with the phrase “product plan” in the subject.
  • You can use suffix wildcard searches. For example, cat* or set*. Prefix wildcard searches (*cat) or substring wildcard searches (*cat*) aren’t supported.

You can also use AND or OR to search on multiple search terms. For example, you could search for messages from Jerri that include "report" in the subject by entering From:Jerri AND Subject:report in the search box.

Advanced Query Search Keywords

FromSearches the From field. From:JerriFrye
ToSearches the To field. To:JerriFrye
CcSearches the Cc field. Cc:JerriFrye
BccSearches the Bcc field. Bcc:JerriFrye
ParticipantsSearches the ToCc, and Bcc fields. Participants:JerriFrye
SubjectSearches the subject. Subject:report
Body or ContentSearches the message body. Body:report
SentSearches the date sent. You can search for a specific date or a range of dates separated by two dots (..). You can also search for relative dates: today, tomorrow, yesterday, this week, next month, last week, past month. You can search for the day of the week or month of the year.

Important: Date searches must be entered in month/day/year format: MM/DD/YYYY.

ReceivedSearches for the date received. You can use the same search terms as for Sent. Received:01/01/2017
CategorySearches the Category field. Category:reports
HasAttachment:yesA search for HasAttachment:yes returns only emails with attachments.

To further specify the emails you want to search, use words or names from the mail in conjunction with the search keyword. For example, blue hasattachment:yes returns only emails containing the word "blue" that include attachments.

HasAttachment:noA search for HasAttachment:no returns only emails without attachments. reportHasAttachment:no
IsFlagged:yesA search for IsFlagged:yes returns only emails that are flagged. report IsFlagged:yes
IsFlagged:noA search for IsFlagged:no returns only emails that are not flagged. report IsFlagged:no

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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