I recently started being unable to paste in to the search box in Outlook using the copy/paste shortcut – a feature I used all the time. Initially I thought it was just a glitch specific to my machine but then I found it was occuring on all 3 of my machines.
Fortunately after a bit of digging, there is a very simple fix: disable hardware graphics acceleration for Outlook.
Go to File
In the Outlook Options dialog box, click on Advanced in the left hand bar
In the right-hand bar, scroll down to the heading that says Display
In the Display section, tick the box that says Disable hardware graphics acceleration*
*Note in some versions of Outlook it seems this is inverted and its a pre-checked box that says Enable hardware graphics acceleration and you have to untick it.
Outlook Search Box Scope Change
While we’re on the subject, a little known option I always change in Outlook that relates to the search box is the default ‘scope’ of the search feature when you’re looking at your Inbox. Out-of-the box if you search here, it searches your entire mailbox which I f8ind less useful, you can change this via the sames options screen:
Go to File
In the Outlook Options dialog box, click on Search in the left hand bar
In the right-hand bar, under Results you can choose from:
- Current folder (my preference)
- Current folder. Current mailbox when searching from the inbox (the default)
- Current mailbox
- All mailboxes