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Application.AdvancedSearch Method

Office 2007
Performs a search based on a specified DAV Searching and Locating (DASL) search string.


expression.AdvancedSearch(Scope, Filter, SearchSubFolders, Tag)

expression   A variable that represents an Application object.


NameRequired/OptionalData TypeDescription
ScopeRequiredStringThe scope of the search. For example, the folder path of a folder. It is recommended that the folder path is enclosed within single quotes. Otherwise, the search might not return correct results if the folder path contains special characters including Unicode characters. To specify multiple folder paths, enclose each folder path in single quotes and separate the single quoted folder paths with a comma.
FilterOptionalVariantThe DASL search filter that defines the parameters of the search.
SearchSubFoldersOptionalVariantDetermines if the search will include any of the folder's subfolders.
TagOptionalVariantThe name given as an identifier for the search.

Return Value
A Search object that represents the results of the search.


You can run multiple searches simultaneously by calling the AdvancedSearch method in successive lines of code. However, you should be aware that programmatically creating a large number of search folders can result in significant simultaneous search activity that would affect the performance of Outlook, especially if Outlook conducts the search in online Exchange mode.

The AdvancedSearch method and related features in the Outlook object model do not create a Search Folder that will appear in the Outlook user interface. However, you can use the Save method of the Search object that is returned to create a Search Folder that will appear in the Search Folders list in the Outlook user interface.

To specify multiple folders for the Scope parameter, use a comma character between each folder path and enclose each folder path in single quotes. For default folders such as Inbox or Sent Items, you can use the simple folder name instead of the full folder path. For example, the following two lines of code represent valid Scope parameters:

Visual Basic for Applications
Scope = "'Inbox', 'Sent Items'"
Visual Basic for Applications
Scope = "'" & Application.Session.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderInbox).FolderPath _
    & "','" & Application.Session.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderSentMail).FolderPath & "'"

The Filter parameter can be any valid DASL query. For additional information on DASL queries, see Filtering Items. Note that you cannot use a JET query for the Filter parameter of Advanced Search. If Instant Search is enabled on a store that contains a folder specified in the Scope parameter, you can use Instant Search keywords to improve the performance of your search. If you use Instant Search keywords and Instant Search is not enabled, Outlook will return an error and your search will fail.


The following Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) example searches the Inbox for items with subject equal to Test and displays the names of the senders of the e-mail items returned by the search. The AdvancedSearchComplete event procedure sets the boolean blnSearchComp to True when the search is complete. This boolean variable is used by the TestAdvancedSearchComplete() procedure to determine when the search is complete. The sample code must be placed in a class module such as ThisOutlookSession, and the TestAdvancedSearchComplete() procedure must be called before the event procedure can be called by Outlook.

Visual Basic for Applications
Public blnSearchComp As Boolean

Private Sub Application_AdvancedSearchComplete(ByVal SearchObject As Search)
    Debug.Print "The AdvancedSearchComplete Event fired"
    If SearchObject.Tag = "Test" Then
        m_SearchComplete = True
    End If

End Sub

Sub TestAdvancedSearchComplete()
    Dim sch As Outlook.Search
    Dim rsts As Outlook.Results
    Dim i As Integer
    blnSearchComp = False
    Const strF As String = "urn:schemas:mailheader:subject = 'Test'"
    Const strS As String = "Inbox"   
    Set sch = Application.AdvancedSearch(strS, strF, “Test”) 
    While blnSearchComp = False
    Set rsts = sch.Results
    For i = 1 To rsts.Count
        Debug.Print rsts.Item(i).SenderName
End Sub

The following Microsoft Visual Basic/Visual Basic for Applications example uses the AdvancedSearch method to create a new search. The parameters of the search, as specified by the

Filter argument of the AdvancedSearch method, will return all items in the Inbox and Sent Items folders where the Subject phrase-matches or contains "Office". The user's Inbox and Sent Items folders are specified as the scope of the search and the SearchSubFolders property is set to True. When the search is complete, the GetTable method is called on the Search object for performant enumeration of search results.
Visual Basic for Applications
Public m_SearchComplete As Boolean

Private Sub Application_AdvancedSearchComplete(ByVal SearchObject As Search)
    If SearchObject.Tag = "MySearch" Then
        m_SearchComplete = True
    End If
End Sub

Sub TestSearchForMultipleFolders()
    Dim Scope As String
    Dim Filter As String
    Dim MySearch As Outlook.Search
    Dim MyTable As Outlook.Table
    Dim nextRow As Outlook.Row
    m_SearchComplete = False
    'Establish scope for multiple folders
    Scope = "'" & Application.Session.GetDefaultFolder( _
    olFolderInbox).FolderPath _
    & "','" & Application.Session.GetDefaultFolder( _
    olFolderSentMail).FolderPath & "'"
    'Establish filter
    If Application.Session.DefaultStore.IsInstantSearchEnabled Then
        Filter = Chr(34) & "urn:schemas:httpmail:subject" _
        & Chr(34) & " ci_phrasematch 'Office'"
        Filter = Chr(34) & "urn:schemas:httpmail:subject" _
        & Chr(34) & " like '%Office%'"
    End If
    Set MySearch = Application.AdvancedSearch( _
    Scope, Filter, True, "MySearch")
    While m_SearchComplete <> True
    Set MyTable = MySearch.GetTable
    Do Until MyTable.EndOfTable
        Set nextRow = MyTable.GetNextRow()
        Debug.Print nextRow("Subject")
End Sub