I have a number of emails in my Inbox with square brackets in the subject line.
I want to search for these in Outlook so I can see how many of those emails I have and what they are.
Outlook simply refuses to search based on a symbol.
I have searched a lot for a solution for this and keep being redirected to this Blog post: http://www.msoutlook.info/question/389
Which suggests that you can simply use the "Advanced search". However this DOES NOT work.
Searching for the word "test" works as expected. And as you can see I have emails with the word [Test] as the subject and also with the word [ Test ] as the subject in the search results. (two in sent items, two in inbox)
Searching for a square bracket character in that same inbox brings back no results
Using "Advanced Find" as per all the answers online, including a few on this site, doesn't work.
Using the "Advanced" tab in the "Advanced Find" menu, also doesn't work.
Tried on Outlook 2016 and Outlook 2019
I am losing my sanity trying everything for this. I can't believe that Outlook would deliberately ignore all special characters and symbols in every type of search, but it appears that it does.