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XP Outlook 2003.

When I want to find a message containing a phrase, Outlook searches from the earliest message. However, usually the message I want is quite recent.

Is there a way to change the order in which Outlook 2003 searches email messages?

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Outlook searches based on modified date - oldest first, that's why it finds the oldest messages first.

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I understand that. My question is, "How can I change that"? Regards, – Xavierjazz Sep 30 '10 at 21:24
I don't think it can be changed, at least not to my knowledge. – joeqwerty Oct 1 '10 at 2:14
It appears that you are right - it cannot be changed. Therefore you get the acceptance. I did find a workaround that has helped me, and that is to use "Search Folders":…. Regards, – Xavierjazz Oct 8 '10 at 5:07
@Xavierjazz: Thanks and thanks for the heads up regarding Search Folders. – joeqwerty Oct 8 '10 at 14:08

On top of the Date column, isn't there a sort-by filter? (Newest on Top etc.) That would be my first guess. I'm running Outlook 2010 however, so maybe it's different.

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There is on the entire set of messages, but I can see no way to change the order os search of those messages. – Xavierjazz Sep 30 '10 at 20:19
Well, here are some other options: (a) Upgrade Outlook (I really like 2010 - it is fast and much more efficient with large inboxes. Has built-in "live" search). (b) Install Google Desktop and use it to search your Inbox. It is very fast and has numerous sort / filter options. – Joshua Oct 1 '10 at 15:19

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