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In Outlook it is possible to export the logic, not the contents of custom search folders?

What I have tried:

  • Right-clicking the search folders and looking in the available menus
  • Looked in Outlook's Import/Export menu, but I'm only able to export real folders to .pst etc.
  • Looked in the Rules menu
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Search folders don't actually contain items. They are a representation (shortcuts) of the search results. So, there isn't anything to export, per se. Therefore, you can not export them.

I did find this work around in order to save search result items to a PST file outside of Outlook, provided you have permission to create and use Discovery Mailboxes. I don't have access to Discovery Mailboxes, so I was not able to verify this. It's worth checking into if saving the search results is important to you.

Use Outlook to Open a Discovery Mailbox

Export Multi-Mailbox Search Results to an Outlook Data File (.pst)

As far as Exporting Rules (you should have asked in a separate question), an easy search lead to this being the first result - Import or export a set of rules.

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I am sorry, but I do not think this answers my question. I did try to make it clear, that I want to export the search query of the filter, not the results of the search. I also did not ask how to export rules. – Martin Jan 25 '13 at 13:09
Sorry. I saw the words "export custom search folders" 4 times in the question and missed the "(the logic, not the contents)". Actually, your first sentence is "In Outlook it is possible to export rules." If that's not what you want to know, you need to change it. – CharlieRB Jan 25 '13 at 14:28

Once you create your search folder, create a new subfolder within your inbox and copy the the contents (not the folder itself) to the new subfolder.

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Welcome to Super User. Your answer needs to be expanded. It's unclear how this is a solution to the OP's question. Please edit it to explain how your answer solves the OPs problem. – Twisty Jun 3 '15 at 1:45

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