Outlook: How to Search for Emails with Attachments


Often you may want to search your current mailbox for only emails that have attachments.

The easiest way to do this is by typing the following formula into the Search bar:

hasattachments:yes

This will display all emails with attachments in the current mailbox.

You can also search for specific words to filter the emails that have attachments even further:

hasattachments:yes "basketball"

This particular example will display all emails that have attachments and contain the word “basketball” in the email.

The following example shows how to use these formulas in practice.

Example: How to Search for Emails with Attachments in Outlook

Suppose that you would like to retrieve all emails with attachments in your current email inbox.

To do so, click the Search bar along the top ribbon in Outlook and then type the following:

hasattachments:yes

The following screenshot shows how to use this formula in practice:

 

Outlook search for emails with attachments

We can see that this returns two emails that both have attachments.

Note that we could also filter the emails with attachments based on a specific keyword.

For example, we could type the following into the Search bar to display all emails with attachments that contain the word “basketball” in the email:

hasattachments:yes "basketball"

The following screenshot shows how to use this formula in practice:

Outlook search for email with attachment and specific word

Notice that this only returns the one email with an attachment that contains “basketball” in the actual name of the attached file.

Note that you could also use the OR operator to filter for emails that contain one of several specific words.

For example, you could use the following formula to search for emails with attachments that contain the word “basketball” or “football” in the email:

hasattachments:yes "basketball" OR "football"

Feel free to use as many OR operators as you would like to filter emails using as many specific words as you’d like.

Related Tutorials

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common tasks in Outlook:

Outlook: How to Search Emails by Date Range
Outlook: How to Search for Multiple Keywords in Emails
Outlook: How to Search Unread Messages Only

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