Try this fix when search bar goes missing in Outlook?

Most of the Outlook users have reported facing an issue in Outlook due to which the search bar available in Outlook menu goes missing. This generally happened with users when they updated Windows or Office. The issue is commonly faced by Outlook 2019 and Office 365.

In case you are also facing this issue, then you may follow the instructions given in this article.

This article includes a step-by-step guide to fix the issue with your Search Ribbon. But, there are certain things you need to follow before you begin. In case you are facing this issue after updating your Windows Operating System or the Office version you are using, then there is no need to worry. This is because, after the update, the layout may undergo some changes.

Shortcut method to fix the issue

Sometimes, following this trick may work for some users. If this trick doesn’t work, then you may go for the detailed solution given below. The trick is you need to press the CTRL+E or F3 while the Outlook screen is currently on display. This will bring the search ribbon on your screen and you may complete the desired work on it.

Other than the search ribbon, you will also see an active cursor which will help you to navigate through the menu.

In the search bar, you can enter the desired keyword and hit the ENTER key. Also, for expanding the menu, you may click on the arrow. This arrow is present on the right side of the field where you need to input the text.

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Steps to bring back the missing search bar

Follow the steps given below to fix the missing search bar issue in Outlook 365 or 2019:

  1. The first thing you need to do is launch Outlook.
  2. After that, click on the ‘File’ menu present at the top.
  3. Then, tap on ‘Options’ and then select ‘customize ribbon’.
  4. Next up, you can select ‘Tool Tabs’ and then go to ‘Main Tabs’.
  5. On the Outlook Options window, locate the Customize Ribbon in the left bar.
  6. After this, click on this ribbon.
  7. Further, select the ‘Tools’ tab present under ‘Choose’ commands.
  8. Then, select the ‘Main Tab’ option present under ‘Customize the Classic Ribbon’.
  9. Now, you need to add the ‘Search Tools’ to the Main Tabs.
  10. For this, left-click on the ‘Search’ tab and then click ‘Add’.

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After making all the changes, you need to click on the ‘OK’ option.

Most probably the search ribbon would have appeared on your screen after following this workaround. If not, visit the official website of Office and look for the available updates. If they are available, then install them on your PC without making any delay.