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How to Enable or Add Missing Outlook Search Bar | 2021 Guide

Outlook has been a favorite email exchange for many users across the globe. The application comes with features like calendaring, contacts, tasks, and many other utilities to help manage your personal/professional life.Like the other notable features, Outlook has an effective Search option that simplifies and eases your search pursuits in the Outlook application. By using this feature you can effectively search for email or other items on Outlook.A regular user or not, a missing search bar is definitely a handicap. A Search bar missing in Outlook can be because it might not be enabled by default or because of corruption of the Outlook application. If your Outlook search bar is hidden/missing, this article should be of great help.

Causes for Outlook Search Bar Missing

  1. The Outlook Search Bar is hidden - Method 1
  2. Corruption of Outlook Application - Method 2

The first case simply requires you to change your default Outlook settings and enable the hidden search bar on your Outlook application. This is a straightforward approach to find the missing Search Bar in Outlook especially if you recently installed or reinstalled the Outlook program.

However, if you are not successful in resolving the issue, the probable reason why the search bar is still not seen on the application could be due to the corruption of the Outlook application. In such cases, you will need to repair Outlook with a reliable Outlook repair tool to fix the issue.

How to find Search Bar in Outlook?

In case 1, finding the hidden Search bar on Outlook implies enabling the search bar by altering the settings. Here is how to do it:

  • Open the 'Outlook' app and then click on File and navigate to Options
  • In the Options window, you will be able to locate the Customize Ribbon section in the left bar and click on it.find Search Bar in Outlook
  • Now, go to Choose commands from, and select Tools Tabs.
  • Then, you will see the Customize the Classic Ribbon option, there you will have to select the Main Tab.
  • After the Main Tab window opens, left-click the Search option to select it.
  • Now, click the Add button.
  • Then, at the bottom of the Outlook Options window, click OK to save the changes and to close the window.

If the above steps did not show the search bar and it is still missing, corruption of the Outlook application should be the case. The corruption of the Outlook application could be either due to faulty App data or due to a corrupted PST file.

By Repairing the Outlook application, you might not only be able to regain access to your missing Search bar, but also the important data and functionality of your Outlook application. In order to repair the Outlook application, follow the methods mentioned in the section below

How to Repair Corrupt Outlook application?

Microsoft Outlook users can easily repair Outlook using the repair option. In order to fix Outlook application, follow these instructions mentioned below:

  • Right-click on Windows icon and select Apps and Features from the pop-up
  • Select Microsoft Office and click on Modify
  • Choose Quick Repair and click on Repair button to start the repair process

After following the above procedure, you must be able to resolve the corruption on your Outlook application. If this has not worked well for you, then there might be an issue or corruption with your PST file. In such cases, we recommend you to make use of Remo PST Repair tool which can effortlessly fix damaged, corrupted or inaccessible PST files.

The above article emphasizes on how to Find the hidden/missing search bar on your Outlook application. By following the approaches mentioned here, you can effortlessly recover your missing/hidden search bar. If you have any further queries regarding the article, make use of the comment section below.

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Tony Landry

Tony Landry is a Web Content Editor at Remo Software. He loves to write, edit, and manage content for users trying to troubleshoot and fix problems on Windows, Outlook, storage drives and Cloud storage networks.

He has published more than 200 articles in Remo Software blog. He actively engages in research and problem-solving techniques to consistently generate great web content. Fixing various hardware problems on computer and storage devices along with a great knack for fixing Outlook errors, Tony is also the fun-time IT guy for all his work friends. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys cycling.

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