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Find Emails With Attachments with Outlook 2007’s Instant Search

The Instant Search box in Outlook 2007 is a huge improvement over previous versions of Outlook, but remembering all the search operators can be a little difficult, so here’s a quick one that I use all the time.

To find emails containing attachments, use the following operator in your search:


You can also combine search operators… for instance, if I wanted to find all emails I’d sent to myself with attachments, I’d use the following:

from:geek hasattachments:true


And there’s my document… here’s the search operators that I use on a daily basis:

from:geek Finds all messages from “geek”
to:geek Finds all messages sent to “geek” (this weeds out messages I’m only cc’d on)
hasattachments:true Finds all messages with attachments
read:no Finds all unread messages


Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 06/8/07

Comments (4)

  1. yedukumar

    very good

  2. Saad

    How to find attachments by file types?

  3. Erlene Nielsen

    I need to recover all e-mails from a client for legal purposes. All e-mails were sent to me in 2007 and I need to know if they can be recovered.

  4. Erlene Nielsen

    Thank you for looking at my question as I am not really sure how you want me to ask it. I am very computer illiterate so don’t understand all that I want to. Please let me know what I should be doing to get an answer to this question.
    Thank you,

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