Find an e‑mail or newsgroup message

Windows Mail includes the Search box, which makes it easy to find specific e‑mail and newsgroup messages. Using the Search box, you can quickly filter your message list so that it only shows messages containing specific words, characters, or e‑mail addresses.

  1. Open Windows Mail by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, and then clicking Windows Mail.

  2. Type a word or part of a word into the Search box.

    Picture of the Search box in Windows Mail
    The Search box

    As you type in the Search box, the message list will continue to be filtered to reflect each successive character you type.

  3. When you see the message you want, you can stop typing in the Search box and double-click the message to open it.


  • If you want to expand your search capabilities, try using the Search box in Windows document folders, where you can search for messages and documents simultaneously You can also search for a message in multiple e‑mail folders, and even save your favorite search results so that you can access them again at any time.

  • To learn more about the different ways to search using Windows, see Tips for finding files.