Desktop Search Utility for outlook Public Folders

Posted on 2008-06-10
Last Modified: 2012-08-13

Is anyone aware of a Free desktop search utility that is capable of searching the public folders in outlook 2003? We have a large public folder structure and I am looking for a better method to retrieve emails than manually searching through the folders, the search utility in outlook does not always find the documents.

Thank you for your time!!!!!!
Question by:Paul_S01
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Expert Comment

ID: 21755373
Have you tried Google Desktop?  I believe it will search public folders.  It's great on private folders.

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This blog recommends that you select chache mode within Outlook tools..
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Expert Comment

ID: 21755390
Hello Paul_S01,

Google Desktop will search your public folders in Outlook.  Outlook needs to be opened when indexing is going on.

Hope this helps!
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ID: 21755517
Windows Desktop Search has the ability to index and search outlook contents, including the public folders.
Google Desktop and Copernic Desktop Search are also good alternatives.
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Anthony Russo earned 250 total points
ID: 21756704
Try Xobni at

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Thanks Russo!!!!!
I tried the Google and the Windows search suggestions and they worked for
basic searches I discovered they do not do well for files deep in the folder structures. The Xobni utility is amazingly fast and accurate, this is one of the best free utilities that I have seen.
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by:Anthony Russo
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Glad it helped out. I've been loving Xobni since it came out, and thank you.

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