Outlook’s search engine is broken, but Microsoft has a (temporary) fix

In Windows 11, Microsoft’s email client is unable to display the most recent messages in the search engine.

Microsoft seems to be having a hard time with Outlook in Windows 11. For the second time in a few months, the search engine integrated into the email client is the victim of a very annoying bug: it is unable to display the most recent messages. .

Aware of this new damage, Microsoft is looking for the cause. The concern would affect all offline POP, IMAP and Exchange accounts. It would obviously be due to the fact that the search engine integrated into Outlook relies on Windows Search (the local search engine of Windows 11), to index the e-mails of the messaging client. Microsoft 365 and Exchange online accounts are spared from the problem.

While waiting for a corrective update to be published, the Redmond firm has published a temporary solution on its support pages. She suggests disabling search in Windows to force Outlook to use its built-in search engine. However, this solution is not without risk since it involves modifying a key in the operating system registry.

Here’s how to disable the Windows Desktop Search service for Outlook.

1. Open Registry Editor

Use the keyboard shortcut Windows+R to display the window Executethen type Regedit and validate by clicking on OK.

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2. Look for the key

In the search field at the top of the window, copy and paste HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows and validate by pressing the key Walk in of the keyboard.

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3. Create a new key

In the left column, right click on the directory Windowsthen in Newchoose Key.

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Then name your key Windows Search to create a Windows Search subdirectory.

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4. Edit the key

Right click on the directory Windows Search that you just created, then in Newselect DWORD value.

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Name this value PreventIndexingOutlook and validate by pressing the key Walk in of the keyboard.

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5. Change the value

Now right click on the value PreventIndexingOutlook that you just created for the Edit.

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In the dialog box Change DWORD value which opens, type 1 in the field Value data and click on OK.

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You can now close Windows Registry Editor and restart Outlook Mail. The mail client should now use its own search engine and display the most recent messages when you run a query.

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Microsoft

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