Issue:

Indexing issues in Outlook can be frustrating as they can affect the search functionality in the app. To fix this issue, users need to follow a step-by-step process. Read our blog to learn more about how to fix indexing issues in Outlook.

Environment:
Indexing issue in Outlook

Solution:

Indexing issue in Outlook  

If Outlook isn’t correctly searching all of your emails, you can repair it by rebuilding the Outlook search index. Use the methods outlined below.

1. Rebuild Search Index  

  • Step 1: Go to File > Options

  • Step 2: Click on Search on the left and go to Indexing Options.
    Fix Indexing Issues in Outlook

  • Step 3: Click on Advanced
    Fix Indexing Issues in Outlook

  • Step 4: Select the Rebuild button
    Fix Indexing Issues in Outlook

Outlook will now rebuild its entire search index. This process could take a long time to complete. However, you can continue to use Outlook while the process continues in the background.

2. Check Outlook Index Locations  

Check if Outlook is on the list of indexed locations.

  • Step 1: Open Outlook and go to File > Options > Search > Indexing Options.

  • Step 2: Click on Modify from the Indexing Options panel. Check the box next to Microsoft Outlook, then click on OK.