Searching Email Messages

Dear Computer Lady,

When using Outlook for Office I’m often searching for emails. The default is apparently to start a search at the oldest date and work forward, as that is way the results come onto the screen. It seems most people, and especially me, would like to search the most recent emails first and work backward to the oldest.

Is there a way to change the way Outlook performs this function?

Thanks very much! Ben

Dear Ben,

When you are viewing emails in Outlook or just about any email program, you can sort the messages in a variety of ways.

All you have to do is click on the column heading that you want to sort your messages by.

For example, if you want to sort your messages by sender, just click on the word “From” at the top of the column. This will put your messages in alphabetical order (A to Z) by sender. If you want to reverse the order they are sorted, just click on “From” again and they will be sorted in reverse alphabetical order (Z to A)

The same thing goes for the Received column. If you want to sort your messages according to the date received, click on the word “Received” at the top of the column. If you want to reverse the order your messages are sorted, just click “Received” again.

Elizabeth
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