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If you use the online version of Outlook, you can delete your email search history (useful if you’ve got privacy concerns) or export it (useful for finding old searches or data analysis). Here’s how to do it.

Most users of Outlook.com should have the modern look and feel for their email account now, which by default shows an all blue bar.

The modern blue Outlook bar

If you’ve still got the classic version, which a lot of enterprise versions (the work email provided by your company) are still using, it’ll show a primarily black bar by default.

The classic black Outlook bar

Either way, the process is generally the same, but the location of the settings is slightly different.

Working with Search History in the Modern Outlook.com View

In the modern view, click the cog and then click “View all Outlook settings.”

The Settings in modern view

Switch to the General option and then select “Privacy and data” on the right.

The "Privacy and data" option

On the right-hand side, there is a Search History section, with options to “Delete History” or “Export.”

The "Search history" settings

To export your search history as a .csv (comma separated values) file, click “Export.” Depending on the download settings for your browser, it will either download to your default download location immediately or ask if you want to save or open the file.

To delete your search history, click “Delete history.” You’ll see a confirmation dialogue asking you to confirm you want to delete the history.

The Delete confirmation dialogue

Click “Continue” if you’re sure you want to delete your search history. Unlike deleting emails or tasks, you can’t undo this step, so only click “Continue” if you’re sure you want to delete your search history.

Working with Search History in the Classic Outlook.com View

In the classic view, click the cog and then click “Mail.”

The classic Outlook settings

Expand the General option and then click “Export.”

The Export setting

On the right-hand side, you’ll see the Search History section, with options to “Delete history” or “Export.”

The "Search history" settings

To export your search history as a .csv (comma separated values) file, click “Export.” Depending on the download settings for your browser, it will either download to your default download location immediately or ask if you want to save or open the file.

To delete your search history, click “Delete history.” You’ll see a confirmation dialogue asking you to confirm you want to delete the history.

The Delete confirmation dialogue

Click “Continue” if you’re sure you want to delete your search history. Unlike deleting emails or tasks, you can’t undo this step, so only click “Continue” if you’re sure you want to delete your search history.

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