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Windows 7: Outlook 2010 is not indexing new messages

12 Oct 2011   #1

XP and 64 bit
 
 
Outlook 2010 is not indexing new messages

I am really hoping someone can help me with this. I am new at this job 2 months and IT can't figure it out. I am the ass't to the CEO of a company and he has me in charge of his email. His email has been saved in folders according to years and then by month within that folder - all the way back to 2009. That's a lot of emails.

He will call me and ask for me to find an email and I can't do a search. Searches will only find items BEFORE January 2011. IT has tried figuring it out, but they have higher priorities than this email problem. My problem is that when my boss calls me and asks me to find an email for him, or references an email, I can't find it. I've spent hours at times looking for a simple email becuase I can't conduct a search. Even if I'm looking at the email in the inbox and conduct a search it won't find it.

I know IT has done research on it. They've tried figuring out why the indexing isn't working for current items. The only idea they can come up with is that there's too much mail to index. At this point, I could care less if it indexes 2009 through 2010. I need 2011 indexed! It's making me look like an idiot when I can't find something from last week!

I really need to get this figured out. Can someone please help me? Also, please keep in mind when your answering that I'm not a computer guru. I'm a secretary!
Thank you !

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13 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hello eemiller, welcome to the forum.

Check out the answer in this link:
Fixing Outlook 2010's notorious 'Disabled Search Indexer' Add-in problem - Super User
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Quote:
  1. Position cursor in search bar
  2. In the ribbon click Search Tools / Search Options
  3. Click the 'Indexing Options' button
  4. Remove the Outlook inboxe(es) from the list of Included Locations
  5. Close the Indexing Options window and reopen it
  6. Add the Outlook inbox(es) back to the list of Included Locations
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13 Oct 2011   #3

XP and 64 bit
 
 

Thank you for your answer. I was following this, but I don't see where I remove the outlook inboxe(es) from the list of Included Locations. Here is what I see:

Oh, I can't seem to paste a print-screen in here, so I'll type out my options:

Documents and Settings folder
Internet Explorer History (CORPHQ\[bosses name inserted here]
M:\(CORHPQ\ [bosses name inserted here]
mailbox - .....
Microsoft Outlook Express: Main Identity (CORPHQ\ [bosses name inserted here]

What do you think?
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13 Oct 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I am assuming that you are using Outlook 2010 (not Outlook Express)...

Open Outlook 2010 > at the top of your inbox there is a 'search' box - just left-click into there > then look above on the 'ribbon' and touch the down-arrow on the bottom right of 'Search Tools', then from the sub menu choose Options (at the bottom). Then follow the instructions in the link in my previous post.

(you could perhaps ask your IT department to assist?)...
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13 Oct 2011   #5

XP and 64 bit
 
 

I had that part down. It was this part that stumped me because I didnt' see an option "outlook inboxe(es)":
  1. Remove the Outlook inboxe(es) from the list of Included Locations
I would love to ask IT to assist, but
1) I think they've done all of this already. In fact, they did an experiment with Windows 7 (apparenlty I have XP, not Windows 7) and put his email onto it. That didn't work either, so I'm still on XP.
2) IT is swamped or I would just put pressure on them to get this figured out themselves. But, in addition to them being swamped, they are now one man short.

So, I'm trying to get this figured out. There must be someone out there that can figure out why the email won't find anything new. If only I could tell it to stop indexing old stuff and index only the new stuff!
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13 Oct 2011   #6

XP and 64 bit
 
 

Oh, and correct - I am using Outlook 2010.
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13 Oct 2011   #7

XP and 64 bit
 
 

I may have been wrong - moving around I see the words "express" in places. I'm attaching a screenshot from Word.


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14 Oct 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Try reading through the link below, then ensure that the two options are enabled as illustrated below:

Enable Outlook 2010 Search And Indexing On Windows 7 | bruceb consulting - news

Quote:
If searches do not work in Outlook 2010 on Windows 7, make sure the Windows Search and Indexing Service features are turned on.


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14 Oct 2011   #9

XP and 64 bit
 
 

I am going to have to has IT look at this for me. I can't seem to find "program" under the "control panel" I'll get back to you. Thanks
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14 Oct 2011   #10

XP and 64 bit
 
 

this could be because I was wrong and do not have windows 7 - I have XP.
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