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Despite the fact that there is no ctrl+f feature to search in Outlook, and instead you must use ctrl+e, I still cannot seem to find any method to search contents of an individual email. ctrl+e only allows you to search a folder, as far as I can see.

i.e. I am looking for a string in one specific email, I am not trying to find an email by a string.

It's pretty important to be able for me to do this, because I am constantly getting emails with long lists of CC, and being able to perform a standard search for text on the currently displayed email would be a huge timesaver.

As it is now, I have to copy and paste the entire email into some kind of word pad and do ctrl+f to see if someone's name is already there or if I should forward the message.

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You can use the Search function from the ribbon within an e-mail: Find Button

This will find text within an e-mail.

In the upper-right of your inbox, there is a search box. This box searches all e-mails and their contents (minus attachments).

There is also a search tab that you can enable.

More information here.

search ribbon

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@CayetanoGonçalves see edit. – Kruug Apr 11 '13 at 16:00
So, the trick is to double click the email and open it into its own window? How inconvenient! But this works! Marking as solved. – Cayetano Gonçalves Apr 11 '13 at 16:04
Yeah, not many tools exist for the reading pane to do what you wanted. It's more of a preview to aid in a quick-find a specific e-mail. – Kruug Apr 11 '13 at 16:05
  1. Double click to open the email.
  2. Press F4 to bring up the search box, and search the contents of this email.

PS: I haven't been able to figure out a way to fire up such a search without opening the email. Yes, a huge inconvenience, no doubt.

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You can search the body of emails using the "Body" section of the search in Outlook. Attached is a screen shot of where you would search for text in the body of an email.Outlook Search

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Sorry, I don't mean that I am looking for messages with certain information in it, I am looking for certain information in one specific email. – Cayetano Gonçalves Apr 11 '13 at 15:59

To search for a singular WORD or TEXT STRING among the contents of a specific email in MS Outlook 2010:

  1. Open the email
  2. On the ribbon menu at the top of the email you will find an icon that looks like a little pair of binoculars with the word "Find" just to the right of it.
  3. Click that "Find" icon and a small, wonderfully useful window entitled "Find and Replace" will appear. This provides all the options you'll need to quickly locate the WORD or TEXT STRING you're searching for.
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