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    Find not working in XP (2002/SP-1)

    I've seen some postings about Advanced Find not working in Outlook 2002 (Office XP). I did a fresh install of WinXP/OfficeXP on my system, and Find doesn't work at all. When I search for a word that clearly appears in the Subject of a message in my Inbox, the results list is still empty. Has anyone else come across this? Is there any trick/fix/workaround/mskb article I can try to get Find to actually find something?

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    Re: Find not working in XP (2002/SP-1)

    I just ran into this same problem with Find but discovered that the results appeared if I clicked the Stop button. This happened when using both the Find toolbar as well as in Advanced Find. The rotating magnifying glass goes on forever unless you click Stop so it's acting like something is hanging. Anyone have any sage words of wisdom?

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    Re: Find not working in XP (2002/SP-1)

    I'm using SP-2 now, but find is not much better. One thing that might account for it is the way Outlook works with Exchange: If you're connected to an Exchange Server, everything seems to go through the server. Find is really slow then. Like you it took a few tries to see that the icon is animated while Find is running, and that results are not displayed until Find is stopped or finished.

    I make sure I clear the option to search all text unless that's what I really need. And when I'm at home connecting over DSL, I find it better to work Offline. If I connect to Exchange I have to wait for Outlook to re-download every message whenever it's previewed or searched. Very slow, and that's with a better than 786kbs DSL connection. The Find is much more responsive in Offline mode, but you do need to keep offline versions of all the folders (and getting folders offline has been a bit of a mystery to me).

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