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Last Updated: February 18, 2020


Microsoft Outlook search may not insert the expected localized text when using the search buttons on the search tab of the ribbon. ex. “From” “Subject”, “Has Attachments”.

Search criteria “From” “Subject”, “Has Attachments”


When selecting a button in the ribbon, you do not see the same language text inserted. The search bar text and ribbon button text will be a different language. If Outlook and Windows do not match in the language settings, you may see a mismatch in language on text compared to that of the Outlook UI. 

Note:  The search will still return the correct results even when the display text is unexpected.


For search to work properly, the installed language of Office and the installed language of Windows must match.  Search will not work properly in a mixed language scenario or when using language packs.

For example, if you are using Japanese Windows ensure you install the Japanese version of Office.  

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