Searching for Words inside Attachments from Outlook

By: standss , Mar 20th, 2013

Trying to find a document that you emailed to or received from someone. Here is a quick tip on how you can use Outlook Search to find attachments with particular words in them.

The Search feature is pretty good and is able to find words in most common documents including Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PDF’s.

Here are two ways of searching attachments from inside Outlook.

outlook search box

  • Click on the Search box and type attachment:word.

For example:

  • attachment:Sanjay will find all attachments with the word Sanjay in them.
  • attachment:”Sanjay Singh” will find all attachments with the words Sanjay and Singh together in them.

You can also use the buttons on the ribbon to achieve the same search without having to type the word attachment if you want.

  • Click on the Search box. The Ribbon will automatically display the Search tab.
  • Click More and then Attachment Contains.
  • Type your search term in the space.


  • Sanjay: Will return any document with the word Sanjay
  • Sanjay Singh: Will return any documents with the words Sanjay or Singh
  • “Sanjay Singh”: Will return document that contain the two words in that particular order.

Do you have any Search tips of your own? Let us know by leaving a comment on the blog.

2 Replies to “Searching for Words inside Attachments from Outlook”

  1. This helped and I used to do that when I used my PC but now I am on a Mac and it doesn’t seem to work. Can you help with a Mac?


  2. i try everything but the problem was still there. when i type some word to search which is in the attachment. it shows “No result found”.
    can u please help me on this. please send me some screen shots if you can to solve this problem.


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