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How to Add a Permanent Column to Search Results - Outlook 2013

Posted on 2014-01-28
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When I add a column to the "Search Results" view, I want it to appear by default without having to add it every time. [I've tried adding it using "Field Chooser", and "View > Add Columns".]

Do I need a Visual Basic script? Can someone help me write that script, and how to install and use it, if it's the only way to add Persistent columns to search results?

Thank you.
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Question by:WizeOwl
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by:regmigrant
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Go to view tab, 'change view' drop down and 'manage views' and modify; you can make the changes permanent for a view.

Search results are shown in the same view that the search folder starts in so to make sure you always get the column you want you should apply the change to all folders


Reg
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by:WizeOwl
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NOT  RESOLVED - SOLUTION  STILL  NEEDED

Thank you for your suggestion, however, I do not see any setting to make it permanent.

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Enter text to search for in the search field (on the right, above the column headers).
Select: View (tab) > Change View > Manage Views
Select: Current view settings > Modify
Select: Columns > All Mail Fields > "In Folder" > Add > OK

When I select "Change View", again, the selection to "Apply to all folders" is gray'd out.

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I do not see any way to make it permanent. So, after I close the current search and, later, perform another search, the column I added is no longer displayed.
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by:WizeOwl
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RE: Md. Mojahd
The link you provided, with page ID locator #_Toc283818153 refers to: Find that message: Searching effectively - How to find a message from a particular person

It does not seem to have any relevance to my question. Can you please provide specific details for the solution to which you are referring?
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Try this:

go to the inbox
add columns as required
click the Change view drop down and choose Save current view as a new view - give it a name and make sure the "can be used" option is set to 'all mail folders'
Go back to the change view drop down and you should be able to 'apply to all mail folders'

- if the option is greyed out then it may be restricted by group policy, you will need to speak to whoever handles those
- I noticed that the 'apply to all folders' doesn't include fodlers which I had previously created, only the default Outlook mail folders (inbox, sent, etc). So I manually applied the new view using change view and it the change was preserved through a restart. Again your local policy may prevent the changes being saved and your administrator would need to handle that
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by:WizeOwl
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I have tried regmigrant's solution with better understanding of what he was saying, and it works. Thank you.
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by:Doc-Holliday
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regmigrant's solution was exactly what I was looking for.  I've always wanted my Outlook search results to let me know the folder that the results were located in.  Very helpful.  Thanks.
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