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


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