How can I search within Outlook 2007 for text with a dot in the search

Hi,

I have tried searching for this to no avail.
How can I search within Outlook 2007 for text that contains a dot in the search.

We have log files sent by our firewall and I want to search for a specific IP address so I enter the IP address for example 192.168.1.1 into the search box but outlook displays all the searches that contain 192 or 168 or 1 etc and not the specific IP I was looking for.

Please can someone advise how to do this.

Thanks.

John
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davorinCommented:
Maybe you can try some desktop search programs:
http://www.copernic.com/en/products/desktop-search/index.html
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Syed Mutahir AliTechnology ConsultantCommented:
have you tried searching via the ip address but with no dots in between ?

for e.g. to search for 4.2.2.2 you would type 4 2 2 2
?


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DeepSeaPLCAuthor Commented:
davorin: This is the option I am using as a workaround however Outlook should be able to do this and I get asked this question from my users on a frequent basis.

mutahir: I tried leaving the dots out but get the same results as I got with them.

Cheers for your input though,

John
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Chris BottomleySoftware Quality Lead EngineerCommented:
Try using quotes i.e.:

"192.168.1.1"

Chris
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DeepSeaPLCAuthor Commented:
Thanks Chris,

However adding quotes gives me the same result.

It's driving me nuts :)

John
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Syed Mutahir AliTechnology ConsultantCommented:
John, I just tried to search within my outlook emails (as we have some emails with IP Addresses in them), when I use " " it won't display, but when I omit the "dot" between the IP Addresses but maintains the space it works and brings up the right emails.

for e.g. 192.168.1.1 , I searched as 192 168 1 1

try without the dot but with a space :-) (if you haven't already).
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Chris BottomleySoftware Quality Lead EngineerCommented:
Hmm - I did try it first and in 2007, it's wierd then!
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DeepSeaPLCAuthor Commented:
Hi Guys,

This is weird. I have tried all your suggestions to no avail.

Screenshots so you can see..


with-quotes.PNG
space-instead-of-dot.PNG
quotes-and-spaces.PNG
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Syed Mutahir AliTechnology ConsultantCommented:
John, as per the screenshots, outlook is searching properly as you type 192 168 10 103 it is displaying emails with that IP Address.

Also, when i requested you to search without dots but WITH spaces, i also didn't used " "

search without dots, with spaces and without quotes

:-)

Also, can you type the whole IP Address like 192 168 1 1 without quotes, without dots and then see if it displays email with that IP Addresses.
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Chris BottomleySoftware Quality Lead EngineerCommented:
How about:

"192?168?1?1"

Chris
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DeepSeaPLCAuthor Commented:
Hi Mutahir,

My second screenshot space instead of dot was 192 168 10 103 and it showed those results. All I am after is only the results with the full search query and not part of it like the screenshot. I chose that IP for this test as I know it is there.


space-instead-of-dot-search.PNG
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DeepSeaPLCAuthor Commented:
Tried your suggestion Chris, both with and without quotes to no avail.

Starting to think this is a lost cause lol


questionmark-instead-of-dot-sear.PNG
quotes-and-questionmark.PNG
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Chris BottomleySoftware Quality Lead EngineerCommented:
I am struggling to think why it is different for you!

I am using teh instant search box ... you?

Chris
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DeepSeaPLCAuthor Commented:
Yeah, the normal built in search within Outlook 2007 SP2.
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MegaNuk3Commented:
Use good old advanced find.
ctrl+Shift+F  (in outlook 2007)
OR
Tools-->Instant Search-->Advanced Find
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DeepSeaPLCAuthor Commented:
using advanced find (ctrl+Shift+F) shows me the emails that contain what I'm looking for but does not highlight where in the mail it is. For log files like above I need it to be highlighted.
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MegaNuk3Commented:
Hmmm, Instant Search works for me too on Outlook 2007 SP2
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DeepSeaPLCAuthor Commented:
Tried on a different PC and it worked.
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