How to rebuild search index in Outlook


Rebuild Search Index


Windows Update fix for this issue available 06/27/17:

Windows 7

Windows 8.1

Windows 10

  • In Outlook 365 click on the File tab
  • Click on Options and Search
  • Next click on Indexing Options
  • You should now see which locations are being indexed, click on the Advanced button
  • Once the advanced box has opened you will see in the section named Troubleshooting section you have the option to rebuild, click this option
  • Rebuilding will take some time, so make sure to leave your PC running for a while

Reinstall the Windows Search feature

If your installation of Windows Search got damaged, you can remove and reinstall it in the following way.

  1. Control Panel-> Programs-> Turn Windows features on or off
  2. Deselect: Windows Search
  3. Press OK and wait until the installer is finished.
  4. Reboot your computer.
  5. Repeat the above steps to enable it again.

Note: Windows Search can’t be uninstalled and reinstalled in Windows 10.


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