Note: this is basically a repost, but it bears repeating as long as this software still works…
I don’t use Outlook anymore, but I work with plenty of people who do, and sometimes I gotta help them find stuff. When I was using Outlook, one major gripe I had was that the built in search tool was really slow. And not so good at finding stuff. What good is never emptying out your inbox if you can’t find anything?
What you need is Lookout. It’s free and Microsoft owns it. Maybe someday they’ll ship Outlook with Lookout built in. Until then you gotta take care of yourself. This thing takes a little bit of patience to install and configure, but once you’ve done that, you’ll be so stoked. Yes, I know I sound like an infomercial, but I’ve got zero affiliation with Lookout. It just works well and anyone with a business need to use Outlook should be using it. The interface is a little geeky, but play around with it a bit and you’ll get it. If you put in too many variables, you’ll probably get no results–if you get no results and you think you should, remove or adjust a variable.
Since I’m not an Outlook user, maybe there’s a better solution these days. If so, I’m sure a Kindly Commenter will fill us in (Marc?).