I have pretty many categories defined for my exchange mailbox. I have search folder in my desktop outlook app which displays all categorized emails grouped by category. Is that any way to achieve that in outlook 365 OWA?

1) displaying only categorized emails: I have tested that something as below would work. Is that any more straightforward way?

category:CAT1 OR category:CAT2 OR .....

2) sorting by category - no clue at all

Any help appreciated.

  • You are asking how to sync your custom searches that are on your Outlook (desktop) to appear in Outlook for Web Access (OWA) as well?
    – Sun
    Commented Jun 28, 2016 at 22:55
  • superuser.com/questions/346295/…
    – Waqar
    Commented Oct 3, 2016 at 7:06

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To search for any categorized e-mail, I am able to do so by searching for only the word Kategorie. This is because every category of mine (the predefined categories) contain that word in their name, and apparently OWA searches include the category names.

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    Great hack... I have quited my job in the meantime so I have no outlook mailbox to try that out. Really a pity :)
    – Kuba D
    Commented Apr 4, 2019 at 17:42

I personally couldn't get this to work, but you apparently can save custom searches to Office 365, if you turn off Cached Exchange Mode temporarily and restart Outlook 2013:

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Your custom searches should show up Outlook for Web Access (OWA) shortly thereafter.

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    It has not worked for me. From what I read (msoutlook.info/question/763), the Search Folders are no longer supported with Office 365 OWA. My real question is - how to live without them...
    – Kuba D
    Commented Jul 8, 2016 at 13:54

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