Now in Public preview & Targeted release: A new experience to search within chat and channels


We are excited to announce the launch of a new and improved experience to search within Chats and New Channels experience. Key improvements include enhanced captioning and keyword hit-highlighting for ease of consumption of results; embedded result set in the right rail for contextual consumption and introduction of search on pop-out chats.


Flighting status

Started flighting. Rollout to public preview estimated to be complete by end of this week.


How to enable

This new feature would be auto-enabled as we start rolling it out.

Note 1: If you need information about enabling the Public preview or Targeted release itself, see “Enable your Teams client for Public preview or Targeted release” section below.

Note 2: Users who want to use this feature needs to be in Public Preview or Targeted release. 


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How does this feature impact the existing experience?


A few key enhancements include:

1) The new in-chat and in-channel Search experience will now be available in the right handrail, making it possible to see your chat/channel list and your new search results in one single view. The initiation can be done using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+F (Win) or Cmd+F (Mac).








 Note: Search capability on the new Channels experience is currently available on the main view, and we will extend it to the conversation view soon.


2) In addition to the keyboard shortcut, a dedicated button ‘Find in Channel,’ placed on the channel infopane can be used to initiate contextual search:




Note: we are working on bring the search entry point to the chat surface soon.


3) We now have introduced enhanced captioning and keyword highlighting to aid the discernment of results in chat and channel:




4) In-chat search will now also be available in pop-out chats.




Known issues



Known limitations

Search capability on the new Channels experience is currently available on the main view, and we will extend it to the conversation view soon


Enable your Teams client for the Public Preview or Targeted release


  1. To enable your Teams client for the Public Preview, IT administrators need to set an update policy that turns on Show preview features. Learn how at Public preview in Microsoft Teams.
  2. For Targeted Release, global admins can go to the Microsoft 365 admin center and choose to give a selected set of individuals access to Targeted Release, or they can enroll the entire organization in Targeted Release. Learn more about setting up the release option in the admin center here.



Summary of Public preview/Targeted release features

For a history of features in the Teams Public preview & Targeted release, see Microsoft Teams Public Preview & Targeted Release - Microsoft Community Hub



Send us your feedback 

Got feedback on features in the Public preview/Targeted release or other areas of Teams? Let us know straight from Teams via Help Give feedback This is on the bottom left of your client.





Thank you,

Preview Team

Microsoft Teams

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