I've got CtrlF burned into my brain and hands to do a search. Outlook makes you use CtrlE because CtrlF does a forward. But when composing an email, CtrlF initiates a find.

Assuming I'm OK giving up CtrlF to forward an email, can I somehow get CtrlF to initiate a search in a given folder?

  • Don't think so... – Zeke Hansell Mar 15 '11 at 19:54
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    You can do ctl-shift-f to get the advanced find... – Zeke Hansell Mar 15 '11 at 19:57
  • @Zeke - not bad, not bad... If you do this as an answer rather than a comment then I'll accept it. – Matthew Mar 15 '11 at 19:59

You could try this link it won't let you map ctrlf but you could make altf work.

Or as I said above - you could use ctrlshiftf

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If you are willing to use AutoHotKey, the following macro will make ctrlf work like ctrle.

#IfWinActive, ahk_class rctrl_renwnd32
^f::Send, {CtrlDown}e{CtrlUp}

For me I wanted it to find text inside the email, so I mapped mine as follows:

#IfWinActive, ahk_class rctrl_renwnd32
^f::Send, {CtrlDown}o{CtrlUp}{AltDown}hfd{AltUp}
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  • This AutoHotKey tip is confusing. How or why would it work only on Outlook? – Jari Turkia Aug 13 '19 at 8:02
  • @JariTurkia The first line is making sure the active window is one we want to do the macro on. You are right that it could be written more clearly to show that in the code and/or comments. – Leigh Riffel Aug 14 '19 at 13:41

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