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Outlook Search Bar Moved to Top of Screen

In the latest update, Microsoft has relocated the Outlook search bar to the top of the screen.

Modifying the Search Bar Location

To modify the search bar location in Outlook after it has been moved to the top of the screen, follow these steps:

First, open Microsoft Outlook on your computer.
Next, click on the “File” tab at the top left corner of the screen.
Then, select “Options” from the menu on the left side of the screen.
In the Outlook Options window, click on the “Search” tab.
Under the “Sources” section, select the option to “Show the search bar at the top of the screen.”
Finally, click “OK” to save your changes.

Restoring Classic View in Outlook 365

To restore the Classic View in Outlook 365 after the search bar has moved to the top of the screen, follow these simple steps. First, click on the gear icon in the top right corner of the screen to access the settings menu. Next, select “View all Outlook settings” and then choose “Mail” from the options on the left-hand side. Scroll down to find the “Reading pane” section and select “Off” from the drop-down menu. Finally, click “Save” at the bottom of the page to apply the changes.

Now, you should see the Classic View restored in Outlook 365.

Solutions for Non-Functional Search Features

  • Access the Outlook search bar settings:

    • Click on the File tab in Outlook.
    • Select Options from the menu.
    • Click on the Search tab in the Options window.
  • Reset the search bar location:

    • Check the box next to Display search bar in the menu bar.
    • Click OK to save the changes.
  • Restart Outlook:

    • Close and reopen Outlook to see if the search bar has returned to its original position.

Updating Microsoft Office and Windows

To ensure a smooth experience with the new Outlook search bar at the top of the screen, make sure your Microsoft Office and Windows are up to date. Check for updates in your Microsoft Office 365 settings and run a Windows Update to ensure you have the latest patches installed. This will help prevent any compatibility issues and ensure the search bar functions properly. If you are using Microsoft Exchange Server or on-premises software, make sure they are also updated to avoid any disruptions in your workflow. Keeping your software updated is crucial for optimal performance and productivity.


Can I move my Outlook search bar back?

You cannot move your Outlook search bar back as there is no option to change its layout or behavior. The only option currently available is to send feedback to Outlook regarding this issue. To do so, go to your Outlook mobile settings page, select Help & feedback, and then choose Send feedback.

How do I change the Search box position in Outlook?

To change the Search box position in Outlook, you can go to File, then Options, then Search, and finally Indexing Options. From there, you can select Modify.

Why is Outlook search bar on top?

The Outlook search bar is on top for Office 365 customers as a new feature introduced by Microsoft.

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