Unfortunately with Outlook 2013, it is no longer possible to search emails from Windows Shell ("Windows" key and type), which is incredibly frustrating as my emails are split over many psts and valuable knowledge is in specific emails somewhere there.

My question : is there a hack to re-enable or a 3d party app that achieves the same - unified file and email search?

Missing features: http://blogs.office.com/2012/12/19/outlook-2013-deprecated-features-and-components/

  • Good suggestion! Will give it a spin – Konrads Dec 14 '14 at 11:23

Copernic Desktop Search. It is a CPU and disk hog, but it does a good job of searching your Outlook e-mail. It also can be configured to include a search field in the Windows task bar.


To save someone the trouble, I'm listing all software I found that achieves the function:

  • X1 Search
  • Copernic Desktop Search. Copernic would not index e-mails, but rather attachements in e-mails which isn't an exact replacement of Windows Desktop Search
  • CDS will index e-mails. I am not sure why it only indexes attachments for you. – Sun Jan 7 '15 at 17:12

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