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Windows 7: Searching for or excluding empty fields.

29 Jan 2010   #1

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
Searching for or excluding empty fields.

When using Instant Search, it is easy enough to find something when it contains that specific word or category. I can also do a search for items that should not include that word or category by using NOT in my query. However, I cannot seem to find a way to locate all the items that do not have any value assigned at all to that field.
For instance; find all items that do not have any category assigned or find all contacts for which I havenít specified their birthday or company.
How can I use the search feature to return all items that have empty fields?

There is no way to do this with the Instant Search feature in Outlook 2007. This feature has been added to Instant Search in Outlook 2010 though. For all previous versions of Outlook, youíll have to use Advanced Find or the below described ďView sorting methodĒ instead.

Outlook 2010.
In order to search on empty values in Outlook 2010, you simply use the query field you normally use but then use the open and close bracket characters ( [ and ] )as the value.
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