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Open Outlook search results in a new window

When doing a search in Outlook, the main Outlook window is taken up by the search results. Often I want to leave these search results and want to do something else in Outlook.

In previous versions of Outlook, search was a separate window which I could leave open. Now, in Outlook 2010, even the “Find Related” right click option on a message no longer opens in a new window.

How can I have Outlook open the search results in a new window?

You cannot change the behavior of Instant Search using the main Outlook window to display its results and having it launch a new window instead. Nor can you change that the “Find Related Messages in This Conversation” and the “Find Related Messages from Sender” option in Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013 uses the main Outlook window.

However, there are various workarounds to leave your search results as is and continue to work in a new Outlook window.

Open in New Window

Using the “Open in New Window” option is probably the easiest way to go. After you’ve done your search, simply right click on the folder that you want to continue to work in and choose “Open in New Window”.

Open in New Window command on a folder
“Open in New Window” command on a folder.

Launch a new Outlook window on Windows 7 or Windows 8

If you are using Windows 7 or Windows 8, then you can also launch a new Outlook window by holding the SHIFT button while clicking on the Outlook icon in the Task Bar. This actually works for all running applications. Outlook will launch to your default startup folder.

Hold SHIFT while clicking the Outlook icon to launch an extra window in Windows 7 or Windows 8
Hold SHIFT while clicking the Outlook icon to launch an extra window in Windows 7/8.

Advanced Find

If you like to have a dedicated Search dialog, then you can also use Advanced Find instead of Instant Search. This dialog can even be opened multiple times so you can have multiple search results left open. You can open the Advanced Find dialog in the following way;

  • press CTRL+SHIFT+F
  • Outlook 2007
    Tools-> Instant Find-> Advanced Find…
  • Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013
    Click in the Search box-> tab Search-> Search Tools-> Advanced Find…

Advanced Find is a separate dedicated search dialog which can be left open. (click on image to enlarge)
Advanced Find is a separate dedicated search dialog which can be left open.
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