Microsoft Outlook has a new search box, which we quite like. The only downside to the Search tab is now hidden until you click in the search box. Fortunately, there is a way you can make that tab stay permanent.
If you are using Microsoft 365 (M365) or Office 365 (O365), you should have the new search box. In earlier versions of Outlook, the “Search”; tab was always visible on the ribbon.
With the arrival of the new search box, this tab is now missing.
It reappears when you click into the new search box, but only after clearing the automatic drop-down menu. This is not good for those who like to use the tab instead of the search box. Fortunately, there is a way to get it back!
You must first add the Search tab to the main group on the tape. We have dealt with this before, but in this case the “Search” tab already exists, but the buttons for moving it are gray.
You can still add it, you just have to be a little sneaky. First, right-click on any of the tabs in the menu bar, then select “Customize Ribbon.”
In this panel, change the “Popular Commands” drop-down menu to “All Tabs.”
Scroll down, click “Search” and then select the tab you want it to appear next to in the ribbon. We have chosen “View” so it will be in the same place as it was before. However, you can place it where you want it and then click “Add.”
The “Search” tab will now appear below the tab you selected. Click “OK” to continue.
The tab will now appear all the time.
But this creates a minor problem. When you click in the search box, there are now two “Search” tabs.
If this does not bother you, you’re done. But if it’s wrong, you can also disable the “Search” tab that appears when you click in the search box.
To do so, right-click on one of the tabs in the tape and then select “Customize the tape” again.
Change the “Main Tabs” drop-down menu to “All Tabs.”
Scroll down to “Search Tools”, deselect “Search” and then click “OK.”
When you click in the search box, a second Search tab does not appear.