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      • #2337697
        WSblaine57y
        AskWoody Lounger

        Just recently on my work PC they pushed an update for office 365.  This update moved the outlook search box from above the messages to the Title bar.  I understand this is some so called enhancement MS created in 2020.  With the search box now in the Title bar it no longer displays the current outlook folder name in the title bar.  I rarely use the search box but relied on the current folder name displaying in the title bar all the time.   Is there any way to get the current folder name to display next to the search box in the title bar?

      • #2337724
        Kirsty
        Manager

        There seems to have been quite a bit of disquiet about this particular change.

        Is there anything in this HowToGeek article that may allow you to make adjustments to better suit you?
        Good luck!

        • #2337729
          WSblaine57y
          Guest

          No that doesn’t help.  It appears there is no longer a way to see the folder you’re currently in on the title bar.  Only option is scrolling through 30 folders (or however many one has) and see which is hi-lighted bold.  MS 365 Word, Excel and PowerPoint still have the doc name in the title bar along with the search box.  Those apps also have the ability to reduce the search from a search box to just a magnifying glass.  Don’t understand why MS didn’t give the same options for Outlook.  Definitely makes Outlook harder to use.  I rarely use the search box as I keep my email organized.  Anyway thanks for responding.

          • #2337740
            Susan Bradley
            Manager

            I think they did it to make the placement match the web based version of Outlook.

            Susan Bradley Patch Lady

      • #2337925
        b
        AskWoody MVP

        You can vote for Microsoft to fix it here:

        Readd Folder Name after Search Box Location Changed

        Outlook Feedback by UserVoice

      • #2339250
        MHCLV941
        AskWoody Plus

        You can vote for Microsoft to fix it here:

        This actually started showing up months ago, depending on the release track you were on.

        There were thousands of “votes” posted ranging from “please put it back” to “can you make the position optional so I can put it back” to ones that questioned – occasionally in very “colorful” terms, the ancestry, intelligence and intentions of everyone involved in such an “unwelcome” change.

        There was a response from Microsoft that said, in effect, we know better than you so get over it and get used to it.

        Remember,  this is the same company that foisted the ribbon on the world.

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      • #2339602
        b
        AskWoody MVP

        The new Outlook Search box does have some advantages:

        • More vertical space for search terms
        • New keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl+E or Alt+Q)
        • Recent/Suggested searches, people, actions
        • Drop-down menu for advanced search options

        How to Use Microsoft Outlook’s New Search Box

        And the only disadvantage is that it’s moved up by an inch!

      • #2339604
        MHCLV941
        AskWoody Plus

        And the only disadvantage is that it’s moved up by an inch!

        WRONG!!!!  It broke the work habits and muscle memory for tens of thousands, if not millions of users.   If you don’t consider that a disadvantage, you have a future at Microsoft and nowhere that customer consideration is in any way taken into account.

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        • #2339606
          b
          AskWoody MVP

          I did say it was a disadvantage. But I should have also included the topic of this thread, the missing folder name in the title bar, as a second disadvantage.

        • #2339607
          cyberSAR
          AskWoody Plus

          Had to log in to thank you for that. I HATE it too. They also change icons subtly, moved the quickparts. Now I have to think while working.

          Creature of habit!

          • #2339637
            MHCLV941
            AskWoody Plus

            Now I have to think while working.

            I put up a Happy Meal that says you were thinking while you worked before this “improvement” but it was directed at actual productivity, not relearning how to use the software.

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            • #2339672
              Susan Bradley
              Manager

              Whenever I’d be in meetings in Redmond (in the days before Covid) they would say “we received feedback that….” and I’d be questioning who they got feedback from?  Insider folks that don’t use Outlook?  How about you talk to crusty old me who actually uses your software?

              Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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