Information Services Division


Search for messages in Outlook Web Access (OWA)

Find a message or item using Instant Search.

Before you start...

Check your browser compatibility to ensure you meet the minimum requirements for using OWA.


1. The search box is located just above your messages (in Mail view)

2. In the Search box, type your search text. By default the search will be performed in your entire Mailbox (all folders).

Fig 1. The search box in OWA

Fig 1. The search box in OWA

Note: If your specified search criteria is not returning the required result, consider using Advanced Query Search keywords. See Microsoft's Search Mail and People in Outlook on the Web how-to guide for further guidance.

Related guides and other info:

Help and support


We are continually improving our site, so please provide us any feedback on this web page using the form below. It would also be really useful if we could discuss your feedback with you, so if you are happy to be contacted please include your UCL email address in 'Email' field below.

Please note: We can only respond to UCL email addresses

Help us improve this page