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    Disable new search bar in Outlook 365


    Is there any way to disable/roll back the new search bar in Outlook 365?
    Last edited by robgr; 24 Jun 2020 at 10:34.
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  2. Posts : 438
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    Any workaround, reg fix etc. to restore the old search bar for Outlook 365?
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    Hi robgr,

    Are you talking about the search bar that is located on the title bar of Microsoft Office 365 as pictured below?

    Disable new search bar in Office 365-microsoft-office-search.png
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    Yes that's correct. Diabolical change
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    robgr said:
    Yes that's correct. Diabolical change
    OK. There is a way to disable this new search box in Microsoft Office 365. For Outlook:

    1. Open Outlook 365.
    2. On the lower left-hand corner click options.
    3. In the User Interface options under the General Tab, click the checkbox Collapse the Microsoft Search box by default.
    4. Click OK.


    The search box will now disappear. However, disabling this option would only work on that application. If you open Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, you will need to do these same steps to disable the search box (if present) as well. Let me know if this works for you.

    Guardian Angel
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    That option isn't there for Outlook 365, see screenshot
    Disable new search bar in Office 365-outlook365-search-bar.jpg
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    robgr said:
    That option isn't there for Outlook 365, see screenshot
    Disable new search bar in Office 365-outlook365-search-bar.jpg
    Wow, I don't know why that option is not available in Outlook 365. The choice is there for Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. No worries though, after a little bit of research and testing, I found out how to make the search bar relocate back to its old self. The registry file will delete two keys that are responsible for the new search box, relocating it below the ribbon.

    1. Close any windows running Outlook 365.
    2. Download and save the registry file to your desktop.
    3. Double-click on the file and click yes, then OK.


    Now, open up Outlook 365, and the search box should be back to its old location. Please let me know if this works.

    Guardian Angel

    EDIT: Registry file no longer works, please read my post here Disable new search bar in Office 365
    Last edited by Guardian Angel; 12 Nov 2020 at 15:28. Reason: Registry file no longer works
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    Guardian Angel said:
    Now, open up Outlook 365, and the search box should be back to its old location. Please let me know if this works.Guardian Angel
    Unfortunately it didn't work for me :-(
    The reg file doesn't appear to be removing the path, see screenshot
    Also, should the it be key ConfigContextData in both cases?
    Disable new search bar in Office 365-outlook365_1.jpg
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    Hi, robgr

    Yes, the key is ConfigContextData. I tested the registry file, and you are correct that it did not work. I fiddled around with the registry file, and it turns out, each key needed to be on a separate line for it to work. The original registry file was on the same row. I tested the new registry file, and now it seems to perform correctly. Attached is the corrected registry file. Follow the same procedure as before and let me know if it works this time.

    Guardian Angel

    EDIT: Registry file no longer works, please read my post here Disable new search bar in Office 365
    Disable new search bar in Office 365 Attached Files
    Last edited by Guardian Angel; 12 Nov 2020 at 15:29. Reason: Registry file no longer works
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    Thank you Guardian Angel! Normality has returned!
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