Case sensitive searches in Outlook

Case sensitive searches in Outlook

I noticed that Outlook’s search feature is case insensitive and I’m looking for an option to change this.

The reason I ask is because I have several friends and relatives that have names or last names that are also common words.

For instance first names such as; Hope, Sky, May, Norm, or Guy. And maybe even more frequently for last names such as; Brown, Winter, Black, Baker, Cook, or Young.

So when I search for their names, I get a lot of emails returned which contain the word instead of the name. With a case sensitive search, I hope to be able to distinguish between the two.

Is there a way to perform case sensitive searches in Outlook?

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Show all Holidays as Busy or Out of Office on my Calendar

Show all Holidays as Busy or Out of Office on my Calendar

I’ve imported the holidays into my Calendar but unfortunately, these days are not marked as Busy or Out of Office but as Free.

This means that when someone tries to schedule a meeting with me on a (regional) holiday, I’ll be shown as available.

Is there a way to change the availability for holidays from Free to Busy?

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Add a “Chat with me in Teams” link to your email signature

Add a “Chat with me in Teams” link to your email signature

We’ve recently switched to Microsoft Teams and I’d really like to add a “Chat with me in Teams” link to my signature.

Is this possible?

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Can’t connect to a Shared Mailbox I’ve been granted access to

Can't connect to a Shared Mailbox I've been granted access to

My colleague granted me permission to her mailbox but when I try to add it to Outlook I get the following error;

Cannot display the folder. Microsoft Outlook cannot access the specified folder location. The operation failed. An object cannot be found.

When I try to expand the folder list, I get another error;

Cannot expand the folder.

She double-checked the permissions and even set it to “Owner” level but I still can’t access it from Outlook on my computer.

How can we make this work?

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Reduce To, From, Cc, and Bcc field and button sizes in Outlook for Office 365

Reduce To, From, Cc, and Bcc field and button sizes in Outlook for Office 365

I’ve just updated to the latest Office 365 version and my To, From, Cc and Bcc fields look huge now in comparison to what it was before I updated.

Is there any way to revert them to their normal size again?

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Large Exchange mailboxes and the ost file size limit

Large Exchange mailboxes and the ost file size limit

I have a very large mailbox and luckily my Exchange Online mailbox has a limit of 100GB so I have more than enough storage left for my mailbox.

However, the Outlook ost-file is apparently a lot more limited as I’m getting synching errors and my ost-file is “only” around 50GB in size.

I find it odd that they support 100GB mailboxes on Exchange while the recommended maximum ost-file size for Outlook is still 50GB.

How can I increase the limit for ost-files and make Outlook support larger mailboxes?

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Focus Assist; Don’t let yourself get distracted by emails!

Focus Assist; Don’t let yourself get distracted by emails!

We all have these moments; You need to focus and don’t want to get distracted by anything for a longer period of time.

Alerts for incoming emails can be quite a distraction and those emails you thought only required a quick and short responds ended up becoming an essay or a back-and-forth conversation or just totally got you out of your rhythm.

Of course, you could close Outlook and all other applications that generate pop-up alerts or sounds, but did you know about Focus Assist already?

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Making GIFs animate

Making GIFs animate

I’ve got some GIF-files in Outlook but they don’t animate.
How can I make them work?

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Exclude words in attachment content when searching

Exclude words in attachment content when searching

When I performed my search query, I got some unexpected results where the words I was searching for weren’t even included in the email.

Upon further investigation, I found out that these words were mentioned in the attachments of those emails.

How can I configure Outlook to only search for the words in the message itself and not look into the attachments?

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Outlook Today missing in Outlook for Office 365’s new interface?

Outlook Today missing in Outlook for Office 365's new interface?

I’ve enabled the Coming Soon option in Outlook for Office 365 to test the new interface with a Single Line Ribbon and various changes to the Navigation Pane.

I used to be able to click on my mailbox folder (above Inbox) to open up Outlook Today but this seems no longer possible.

Has the Outlook Today feature been removed from Outlook?

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