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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Finding Messages in Outlook Express

Have you ever been looking for a specific e-mail message but had HUNDREDS of messages to sort through? It's enough to drive you crazy. Instead of hunting through each message one by one, you can do a search.

The trick is to look for specific keywords. Let's say you were looking for a message regarding a specific computer tip. We'll say you're looking for something on processors. Here's how to find that message:

  1. Open outlook Express, and press ALT+E, or click on the "Edit" Menu.
  2. Arrow down to, or click on "Find".
  3. Choose "Message".
  4. You will be in a dialog box. Use your "tab" key to navigate the options if using a screen reader.,
  5. If you are already in the folder where you want to look, you can choose the "Find Message In This Folder" option, or if you know which folder the message is in, click the Browse button and select that folder.
  6. If you're not sure where the message is, click the Browse button, but select "Local Folders" from the top of the list.
  7. Since we're looking for "processors" we'll type that in the "Message" field. This will return any message that has that keyword in the body of it.
  8. Click, or tab to the "Find Now" button. Outlook Express will sift through your mail messages and try to locate anything that matches your search criteria. If it finds messages with your keyword, those will be displayed in a new box.
  9. Use your arrow keys to find the message and press "enter" to open it, or double-click a message to open it for reading.
  10. When finished with the search, press the escape key until you return to the main screen of Outlook Express.

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