Outlook Search loses focus

Occasional Visitor

Using O365 current version 

When clicking in the Search Box in the Title bar, cursor often loses focus and does not remain in the search bar and query is lost. 

Work around/Solution ( after considerable angry words ) is to click in the search box and wait to verify it remains in the box before typing the search.


This is far from ideal as it slows the process down, opens things or deletes items that I do not want opened or deleted HELP!

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I am also suffering this problem.
I noticed that on the first click it seems to open up the drop down list of previous searches but immediately loses focus when you start typing the new search.
This happens most of the time, but very occasionally it works normally.
Sorry to hear that Matt, another Office365 user here with the same problem. I've been trying to figure out for months why it happens, as I find that once it has happened once it won't happen again for awhile. To describe my issue - I select the search bat with a view to start typing, the suggested searches list will drop down and then if I'm unlucky (which is usually half a dozen times a day) then the search box loses focus. I'm afraid I can't offer any solutions but will do so if I ever figure it out.
I still continue to have this issue. I was hoping this problem would be fixed in a recent update, but it's now 10-26-22 and the issue persists. Does MSFT have any update on when this can be fixed. It's quite annoying.


I am suffering from this issue a long time also.

Suffering because it happened more than one time after clicking in the search bar and starting to write and losing focus, a mail got deleted or moved accidently and therefore got unanswered.


I can only assume it has something to do with the "Action" part at the bottom and a plugin that causes a reload of the searchbar, and strangely not all users of our Domain have that issue.

I was hoping after a year this would have been resolved.  Such a drain for speedy users.  The worst is when you click the search bar, start typing, but actually make a typo (in your head) and hit backspace - this is bad because if the search bar lost focus, then the email list pane took focus, and the pressing of the backspace deletes the email you happen to have selected after the ineffectual typing.  It's tough to describe...