I’ve personally found that a lot of the emails I receive that contain attachments tend to be more important than regular emails.
They are also emails that I need to return to in the future so that I can open the attachment again. But if you get a lot of emails, or if you can’t think of any good way to search for a specific email with an attachment, it can be time consuming to find the right message.
Fortunately, you can use a pre-configured search filter to only display emails that contain attachments, which will make the email in question much easier to find.
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Filter Your Outlook 2013 Inbox to Only Display Emails with Attachments
Note that this is not a permanent change. It works much the same way as any regular Inbox search would.
By following the steps below you will see a customized search that only returns messages with attachments.
You can either click a different folder at the left side of the window, or click the blue Has Attachments button at the top of the window to return to your normal, complete Inbox list of messages.
Step 1: Launch Outlook 2013.
Step 2: Click the Home tab at the top of the window. Now is also a good time to make sure that you are in the folder that you want to filter. For example, if you are looking for an email that is in your Inbox, make sure that the Inbox is selected in the folder list at the left side of the window.
Step 3: Click the Filter email button in the Find section of the ribbon at the top of the window.
Step 4: Click the Has Attachments option, which will then cause Outlook to filter your folder for only emails that contain attachments.
As mentioned earlier, you can exit this filtered view of your folder by selecting a different folder at the left side of the window, or by clicking the blue Has Attachments button in the ribbon at the top of the window.
If you feel like Outlook 2013 is not checking for new messages as frequently as you would like, you can read this article to learn how to change the Outlook send and receive frequency.
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