Microsoft Outlook has a new search box, which we like. The only downside is that the Search tab is now hidden until you click in the search box. Fortunately, there is a way to make sure that this tab stays in place permanently.

If you are using Microsoft 365 (M365) or Office 365 (O365), you should have the new search box. In previous versions of Outlook, the “Search” tab was still visible on the ribbon.


With the arrival of the new search box, this tab is now missing.

The new Outlook ribbon without the

It reappears every time you click in the new search box, but only after you clear the automatic drop-down menu. It’s not great for those who like to use the tab instead of the search box. Fortunately, there is a way to get it back!

You will first need to add the Find tab to the main group on the ribbon. We have already covered this, however, in this case the “Search” tab already exists, but the buttons to move it are grayed out.

The panel

You can always add it, you just need to be a little sneaky. First, right-click on any of the tabs on the ribbon bar and then select “Customize Ribbon”.

In this panel, change the “Popular Commands” drop-down menu to “All Tabs”.

Replace “Popular Commands” with “All Tabs”.

Scroll down, click “Search,” then select the tab you want it to appear next to in the ribbon. We chose “Show” to be in the same location as before. However, you can place it anywhere you want and then click “Add”.

Click on

The “Search” tab will now appear under the tab you have chosen. Click “OK” to continue.

Click on OK.

The tab will now be visible all the time.

The Outlook ribbon with the

However, this creates a minor problem. Each time you click in the search box, there will now be two “Search” tabs.

The Outlook ribbon with two

If you don’t mind, you’re done. If this bothers you, however, you can also turn off the “Search” tab that appears whenever you click in the search box.

To do this, right-click on any of the ribbon tabs and then select “Customize the Ribbon” again.


Replace the “Main Tabs” drop-down menu with “All Tabs”.

Replace “Main Tabs” with “All Tabs”.

Scroll down to “Search Tools”, uncheck “Search”, then click “OK”.


Now every time you click in the search box, a second search tab will not appear.

The Outlook ribbon with a