I initially posted this on the Microsoft Answers site.

I like typing complex search criteria into the Outlook 2013 search bar rather than navigating the GUI and buttons to create a query. The syntax for the search bar is exemplified here:

What is the syntax for flagged messages? Neither of the following seems to work:

  • flagged:yes
  • flag:yes


P.S. My experience thus far is that the search bar/field syntax is the same for Outlook desktop apps and web apps. If there is an answer to this, I will be using it for both methods of email access.

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From the link you provided, the criterias below allow the search for flagged emails:

due:last week                  Items that are flagged for follow up a due date.
followupflag:follow up         Items that are flagged using the Follow Up flag.
hasflag:true                   Items that are flagged for follow up.

You can also use followupflag:followup flag

  • Geez, I'm an idiot. I normally would do the obvious things like search for the word "flag". I don't know how I could have overlooked that. Should I delete the question? Aug 19, 2021 at 19:45
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    @user2153235 Having criteria flag or flagged would make more sense. Keep the question as I didn't know the answer before reading your question. Others might have the same issue. Aug 19, 2021 at 22:22

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