11.27.2006

HowTo: Remove Outlook 2007 Instant Search Prompt


If you've installed Outlook 2007 but declined to install the optional Instant Search feature, Outlook continues to prompt you to enable Instant Search by displaying a clickable banner beneath the currently open folder name. You can remove this banner by unchecking the "Show prompts to enable Instant Search" checkbox under Tools ¦ Options ¦ Other ¦ Advanced Options.

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147 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very nice, Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, good lookout!

Alex said...

Thank You!

Anonymous said...

worked perfect, thank you

Anonymous said...

Worked like a charm. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Stopped this from annoying me for more than five minutes!

Anonymous said...

Thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

Many thanks. I usually check out the Options dialog in new programs/versions very carefully, but this slipped past me.

Josh said...

Thanks, truly appreciated. Instant search is convenient for Outlook, but it takes over the normal Windows search and limits options too much.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

Hooray it was driving me mad!

Anonymous said...

Great thanks :) !!! the daily grind to configure any MS product continues. good tip.

Anonymous said...

Excellent! What was MS thinking?

Anonymous said...

thanks a million. it has annoined me so much.

Cristian said...

Thanks a lot!

Anonymous said...

Thnak you thank you thank you

I mean, is Microsoft simply stupid? Have they not realized that being annoying is not a good tone for customer relationship?

Vinu said...

Thank You...

Anonymous said...

Cheers, that was annoying the crap out of me <3

Geoff Jacobs said...

love your work :D

CuriousOne said...

Thanks so very much for this info. That was so annoying. Duh on my part for not finding it myself.

Scott

Jez said...

Thanks mate, was pretty irritating!

Anonymous said...

Thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks. One more annoying ms option removed, 10,000 more to go.

Anonymous said...

Thankyou very much !!!!!

Anonymous said...

That is really a great suggestion. Happy to get it so quickly

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. Outlook is dumb! But now it's a little better.

Anonymous said...

Cheers, stopped me from punching the monitor !!:-)

KJLH said...

Thanks so much for providing that info. Bye Bye annoyment.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! search was killing my machine and after uninstalling this bar was driving me nuts! not a far trip ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi, thanks for your good prompt!

Fat Bastard said...

Great stuff! Thanks!

aldorr said...

I swear I searched forever for this and couldn't find it. Thanks for helping! I almost enabled instant search so I could have it search for itself. hah.

Anonymous said...

I did this, but it keeps coming back.
I can get rid of it again, but each time I shut down Outlook and restart it, that stupid search is back again.

It never goes away, dumb MS virus.

I hate MS.

Pete said...

Thanks for that! Windows search works well, but I prefer Copernic Desktop Search, which has much better preview handling.
The Outlook prompt for Instant Search was pretty annoying after several months!

Russ said...

THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Anonymous said...

Thank you. I am using Google desktop instead of MS Search and you made my day a little nicer ...

Anonymous said...

Nice one, thanks. Typical MS clumsy attempt to push their own product, I'd happy with Google desktop.

Lindsay said...

Thanks so much.. that thing was driving me nuts!

Anonymous said...

Can this be performed within the office customisation tool?

Anonymous said...

many many thanks from Bremen, Germany!!! Georg

Anonymous said...

Cheers for that. I spent ages looking how to disable it.

JS said...

Thank you for sharing this tibit of information.

Sam Schutte said...

In what possible world was it necessary for them to make it prompt like this? It's like their trying to shove it down your throat!

Anonymous said...

Thanks! I hated that prompt staring me in the face!

Anonymous said...

Big help, thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for that tip. The REALLY annoying thing is that if you serach inside the Outlook help menu for instructions how to remove the prompt is specifically tells you that you CANNOT remove it and gives advice like getting rid of your other toolbars if you need more space on the screen. Why would you want to remove USEFUL toolbars and not this completely UNUSEFUL one? And why do they lie and tell you that you cant get rid of it when clearly (and easily) you can.
Thanks for helping out where M$ chose not to.

Anonymous said...

You're a freaking genius. I was so annoyed by that little thing after I had already uninstalled the dumb thing, I almost got rid of Outlook just out of spite.

Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Awesome, those options menus are really overwhelming and finding a single option is some random section is tough, this helped immensely!

Dustin Sherrill said...

Thanks!jimtmilq

Gaetan said...

SUPER!!!!

kcampbe said...

This is great! Thank you! Microsoft's help says that it's not possible to remove that little bar.

t045ter said...

Great tip cheers

Anonymous said...

uhh.. yaa ... perfect.

Anonymous said...

I goofed and actually installed instant search. As others have said, having it take over regular folder search is unbelievably annoying. So I want to uninstall it. Nothing to uninstall under add/remove programs; Outlook help says you can disable it (not uninstall it) by unchecking the boxes under "index" in the search options - no such check boxes. Any of you guys who've successfully uninstalled it altogether?

Anonymous said...

oops - found it. To Uninstall it, you have to look for "Windows Search" instead of "Instant" anything in add/remove programs. Tricky.

Anonymous said...

great, thank you so much.. that really helps
sh

Anonymous said...

Rick - you are a Prince! I hated that prompt....
W

Jeff Adams said...

I'm really baffled as to why this checkbox isn't under the search options dialog where it would make sense. Thanks for the pointer.

Roni said...

I can't believe I waited this long to search that out. Very Annoying. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Thank you

The Cat said...

Fantastic. The number of times I kept clicking on that by mistake, when I just wanted to do a search. Now it is gone, for good.

Anonymous said...

finally some valueable advise

Anonymous said...

Super

Anonymous said...

Thanks

Anonymous said...

Brilliant! This has been annoying me for ages! =)

Anonymous said...

You are my new Hero

Rob B said...

Thanks for telling us where M$ buries the turning off of this button.

It really hacks me off that it was not a Outlook or Office specific search, but just M$' attempt to push Google out of indexing our desktops.


I really wish that they would be more up front about how to turn this stuff off rather than insist on having us install it to have the "feature" go away.

omulki said...

Thank you very much!

Anonymous said...

Thanks

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip.

Outlook is a goddamn mess. It's ridiculous that I need to google what I want to do everytime I want to change a behaviour.

Anonymous said...

Great tip! It drove me nuts. Thanks a lot.

Anonymous said...

fantatstic.. thanks for the tip- it was driving me nuts!!

Anonymous said...

Rick,

Gobble Gobble - Happy Turkey Day! XP Pro started behaving **very** badly - it takes a daily hard pounding and lasted for almost 4 years. All it needed was a drive reformat. Anyway, I was reloading software. Found your post - thanks.

I make a living off a VFP application - nice to see you are there also.

Carl

Anonymous said...

THANK-YOU

Anonymous said...

thankyou

Anonymous said...

Perfect - thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Your information allowed me to get rid of the stupid prompt, when I couldn't find anything on the Microsoft support site!!

Anonymous said...

I never thought to look in that area. Thanks for the answer.

Torban said...

Thank you!

sumanb said...

Thanks a lot.
It was a stupid and annoying prompt.

Anonymous said...

Thank you. It was so annoying!

Anonymous said...

Many thanks - that's great

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot, annoying Micro$oftware as usual.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Windows Desktop Search blows. My must they annoy me to get it?

Anonymous said...

Thank you! It works!

Anonymous said...

Any idea how to prevent Outlook from prompting to download this in the first place? I'm using the OCT to customize my install. Thanks for any help !

Anonymous said...

Thanks!

David Lambros said...

THANK YOU!!! That prompt was very annoying.

Anonymous said...

Ah... finally, relief! Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you!

Scott said...

Thank You!I installed Instant Search.
I hated it immensely.
I removed it.
I hated being prompted even more.
I found your post.
I removed the prompt.
I am happy again.

Cheers

Anonymous said...

Thanks...truly a POS feature....

Anonymous said...

thank for this info. i was getting annoyed of that banner. i found this place through google.

Andrei said...

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks.
I use xobni => way better!

Juri Strumpflohner said...

Thanks a lot! I finally managed to remove this annoying message.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful!

sirob said...

Thank you. I haven't used the search integrated in outlook for a long time because it is easier for me to work with my other search tool (lookeen) but this is a very useful tip.

buzhwa2001 said...

Thank you! I've only been using Outlook for a short while and already clicked on the damn thing like ten times!

Anonymous said...

This is why people do not like MS products, they always make difficult to disable what they want you to use while there is so simple way how to let people disable it -> Some say: "So do not use it"; but is there REALLY other option ? THANK YOU for show me this time.

Anonymous said...

Awesome man, thanks, this banner was driving me nuts!

N said...

Many thanks :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks. Office does not install the usefull features and add nags to download M$ products that you dont want.

Jeff said...

What's really annoying is that option is not able to be controlled through Group Policy... bloody hell!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic. Thank You!!!

mooch said...

Thanks, it was either this or take a sledge hammer to the computer!

Anonymous said...

Thank You! Installed Windows Desktop Search on XP... Removed after a few minutes.

Anonymous said...

Simple instructions

Many Thanks from the UK

Anonymous said...

You made it easy! Thank you! Nik

Anonymous said...

Thank you!!

sameeracle said...

Thank You!!

Anonymous said...

perfect, thanks!

Anonymous said...

you are great! man!
i've been puzzling for the past year.

Anonymous said...

nice one
cheers

Anonymous said...

Wicked thanks !!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot! :-) That bar was driving me insane!

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot!

Anonymous said...

Legend! Many thanks.

NickB said...

Thanks!
What a relief to stop Outlook nagging to install a feature I really didn't like.

Mike said...

Like everyone else I'm in your debt. Many thanks!

Anonymous said...

From this control freak, thank you.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic, thank you!

Demosthenes said...

Thank you!!! That Instant Search is for people who've never previously used computers. I tried finding an ISO file on my hard drive... IMPOSSIBLE!!! I would have had to index the entire 1.5TB drive.
And Microsoft is wondering why people are still using XP... BECAUSE IT WORKS!!!

Anonymous said...

I hate this instant search pane, spent a little while trying to remove. It works nicely, many thanks

Neil said...

Thanks Alot!!. Microsoft said you can't delete it!!

Anonymous said...

Thank You!

Anonymous said...

Thank You!-and to think i almost clicked to turn it on-

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much!
That bar was driving me mad.

Anonymous said...

What do you do if the checkbox isn't there?

I saw a screen shot that showed the box that needs to be unchecked highlighted but the funny thing is on my window all those same options are there EXCEPT for the "show prompts for search blah blah whatever"

I'm assuming this was moved or removed in an update at some point.

Vinod said...

Thanks a lot !!!!

Anonymous said...

Thankyou! :)

Olly said...

Thanks, that stupid clicker has been irritating me for ages!

Anonymous said...

Excellent thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hur-RAH!!! Thx! I echo same sentiment: how frigging annoying! I too installed and promptly uninstalled "Instant Search". How can something that slows down my PC be called "Instant"???

Anonymous said...

Perfect! Thanks

Anonymous said...

THANKS!

Anonymous said...

you rock! thx

sumanb said...

Perfect!!!

Anonymous said...

THANKS....

No More Search...

Anonymous said...

thanks.

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for helping me remove this annoyance.

Anonymous said...

Thanks a million.. it worked :)

Anonymous said...

Does it work with Windows Vista too? I dont see that options in the list. Thanks for the reply

Anonymous said...

Nice! Thanks, what is microsoft thinking? how difficult is it to make a rightmousebutton option "disable message".

Anonymous said...

many thanks from Istanbul!

Anonymous said...

Thank you from the Great White North

Anonymous said...

Thank You!!!