How to Search Your Outlook Email With Cortana

Your work or school Office 365 (aka Outlook) account is an essential part of your digital life, with important messages and appointments. Often, you need to query your inbox to find the time and location for an event, catch up on an old email thread or see the most recent messages from your boss.

In Windows 10, you can look for your corporate Outlook email and calendar entries directly from the Cortana search box. There's no need to fire up a separate email client or log in to your company's webmail. Follow these steps to connect Cortana to your company or school-issued Office 365 account and see below for information on how to word your queries.

How to Connect Cortana to Your Office 365 Account

1. Click in the Cortana box.

2. Click the notebook icon on the left.

3. Select Connected Accounts.

4. Click Office 365.

5. Click Connect.

6. Enter the email address and password associated with your Office 365 account then click Sign in. Check "Keep me signed in" to make sure you don't have to do this again. If your corporate account has its own branded login screen, you may be redirected there after you enter your email address.

If your log in is correct, your account will now be connected to Cortana.

How to Search Your Corporate Email With Cortana

  • Type "email: [search term]" in the Cortana search box or say "Search my email for" to query your messages.

  • Type "email: from: [sender name] [search term]" to see only emails from a particular sender

  • Type "calendar: [search term]" to query your calendar.

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Avram Piltch
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