Solution: Can’t Paste in to Outlook Search Box

Solution: Can’t Paste in to Outlook Search Box

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.

To do this, perform the following steps:

Open Outlook

Go to File

Click Options

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.

Restart Outlook

Problem solved!

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:

Open Outlook

Go to File

Click Options

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
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