Feb 26 2020
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Feb 01 2023
We found that the Search Box was moved into the title bar of our desktop Outlook 365. Is it possible to change its position ?
Feb 27 2020 12:15 AMSolution
Nope. Although they've gone through several iterations on this, so it might change in the future.
Feb 28 2020 11:26 AM
I just noticed the new location of the search bar. I dislike it.
In the past, I added several fields (To, From, Subject, Body) to the search field. Using these fields speeds up the search.
The current search bar (in the title bar) annoys me. I don't think it's an improvement.
Feb 28 2020 12:24 PM
@TheUltimateBug Always looks off center to me.
At least you can still get to your fields for searching - it's an extra click, but after you click in search you can then click on the 'all mailboxes' - you get your fields and can add.
Still not as convenient.
Oct 08 2020 03:38 PM
@Zidong_NIE It's such a retrograde step. They obviously didn't actually try and use it.
Oct 14 2020 11:05 PM
Sorry for the necro - not sure if it's still relevant to you, but there's actually a solution:
Running this regedit, will get the searchbar back to the old location:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Nov 02 2020 09:11 AM
@pr0p41n3can you post the exact changes the registry makes so that we're not forced to register on tenforums?
Nov 05 2020 09:38 AM
The search box move by Microsoft in Outlook is extremely bad design. This change does not have the user in mind since it was helpful to have the search box directly above the emails you are searching.
I hope they reconsider this poor design change.
Nov 08 2020 01:04 PM
@pr0p41n3 Sorry to say the reg fix didn't appear to have any impact at all.
Dec 06 2020 03:53 AM
@dioadmin They actually did beta test it. I provided feedback then saying it would be a bad move. So, either they did not listen to feedback, or there were not enough people saying it was a bad move.
I imagine if enough people complain now, they'll either move it back or provide an option to configure location.
Dec 10 2020 02:08 PM
Jan 15 2021 02:18 AM
@Zidong_NIE Indeed a terrible move. It is a unnatural setting to me and really annoying. So annoying that I really tried to find a way to get it back to any better location. Hard to belief it is not possible, but I am giving up. Guess I just have to comply to a poorly designed feature and get annoyed multiple time a day using it :(
Jan 15 2021 11:22 AM
Jan 19 2021 03:20 PM
@lynV5-- Ditto, what a bone-headed design choice this was! Outlook folks, please put the **bleep** search bar back where it always was, and revert the "functionality" back to how it used to work also!! What you used to easily accomplish with just a click and some typing, now takes multiple clicks in between typing in the search term, when you can even find the new search location (half the time my status bar covers it up)!!! Grrrr, just more lousy UI choices by MS, it's just awful.
Jan 19 2021 04:34 PM
Oh God what happened please MS bring the search bar back where it was it's a nightmare!
Jan 20 2021 07:06 AM
Just adding my annoyance with this change to this thread. Please put the search bar back where it goes Microsoft. There is nothing useful about where it is! This is so annoying!
Jan 20 2021 09:20 AM
@Zidong_NIE wowsa, such a bad design decision and no way for us to put it where we want it!!! Terrible.