Instant Search is an incredible feature included with Ms Outlook that allows users to search for specific emails, messages, calendar items, journals, etc. But, sometimes this feature doesn’t work properly or stops working. While using Instant Search in MS Outlook 2007, 2010, or 2013, users may get the following messages in the Indexing Status dialog box:
In this, the Instant Search doesn’t display any results
One reason behind Outlook search not working could be a problem with Window Indexing service, which requires rebuilding the “Index” created by the indexing service.
The best method to solve this problem is rebuilding the index, which will automatically fix all other minor problems. So, to rebuild the index, you have to follow these simple steps;
The rebuilding process can take several hours for the completion. So, it’s better to keep the system at rest until the rebuilding process is completed.
Apart from rebuilding the index, some other alternatives are also available if you want to ignore the long process of rebuilding the index.
However, if you are using Windows 8 or 10, then you will not find “Windows Search” option in the programs. To disable “Windows Search” in Windows 8 or 10, follow these steps:
A list will be shown in Microsoft Outlook; you’ll have to make sure that the PST file or mailbox is displayed and marked on the list. And if it is not listed, then you’ll have to recreate your mail profile.
Once the file is repaired, open Outlook and check for indexing. To check for indexing, follow these steps;
Open Outlook, click Tools>>Instant Search>>Indexing Status
However, if the size of PST file or Mailbox is too big, then it can take some time for the indexing. If it’s showing that the PST files and Mailboxes are indexed, then you’ll not face this problem again.
Follow these steps to reset the Index.
The four methods mentioned above are proved to be very useful in solving “instant search does not display any results” error.
Instant Search not working is a common problem faced by Outlook users, which often make users scramble through internet to look for solutions. But, it is not a big issue. In this article, we have mentioned some effective methods that can be used to fix ‘Instant search doesn’t display results’ error.