Help us SEARCH and FIND things in Teams
We want improvements to search:
I wanto to find messages inside a chat or channel with CTRL+F.
It’ll allow me to quick search messages in a specific conversation.
PARITY TO SKYPE SEARCH
Like in Skype chat, we need to be able to search text strings from conversations
IMPROVE SEARCH RESULTS VIEW
I feel as though the conversation view looks a bit cluttered as is, and conversation threads are not as readily identifiable as I had hoped they would be. Some suggestions are: Add the ability to include a Topic Header for a conversation so that you can easily ID a conversation you are interested in, perhaps alternate the colour theme between conversation threads (i.e. first conversation has a purple background, the next one has a red background, then green, etc.) to very quickly distinguish between threads.
SEARCH WIKI and OneNOTE
Make the search bar also search through content in Wiki and OneNote.
PARTIAL WORD SEARCH
Currently when you perform a search you will only find the exact word you type, but I think it should do at least partial word search, e.g., find the word “categorize” in the word “categorized”.
IMPROVE SEARCH RESULTS
Aside from search functions for “Channel”, could we have a better search function for “Chats” too?
The problem is detailed above (the first two comments in the comments section) – usually,
Teams directs us to the words only (for Chats) but what we really needed was the full context, the surrounding conversation on that day. See attachment, where I was looking to be directed to 25 Jan conversation but search only turns up a specific section. How this would have worked better is if users could have clicked on that conversation to jump straight to conversations on 25 Jan.
Also – the search function cannot be filtered by Channels. For example, if you were searching “WIP“, everything regarding “WIP“ on Chats and across channels turns up, even though you’re only looking for it on a specific channel. Filtering does not help as it requires you to type a subject and then it doesn’t turn up what you require. Some improvements in this area would be really great!
This feature request has moved to the planning stage. There have also been several small updates that have gone out already, as well.
I’ll keep you posted as I hear more about coming updates.
more than one year has past, its 2020-01-10 now, how is the planning going on?
Brandon Worrell commented
We've been struggling with (and marveling at) the behavior of Wiki search results appearing in Teams/SharePoint as .MHT files the browser downloads. I'm disheartened to see the issue was identified over 2-1/2 years ago, it's fix just "planned" well over a year ago with no updates since. Is MS just not putting any resources toward updates to SharePoint and Teams, or are those resources just being very poorly managed? Does MS pay attention to UserVoice? We are left to wonder.
Scott Edwards commented
Echoing the comments already made, having good search is imperative to the success of Teams. If not it causes users to have to look to other methods or other products to use this. If Teams if meant to be the single interface for collaboration then a very powerful search function is imperative. Even if it isn't implemented into the interface to start being able to use advanced query strings would be a fantastic start to alleviate some of the clear gaps in the current search functionality.
Chris Becker commented
One more piece is being able to jump to a date within a chat instead of scrolling. I know that I discussed a topic with someone around 10/1, but I don't know exactly what words I used. So much time would be saved if I could quickly jump to as specific date.
Sooooo much scrolling time......
For our Team it's realy urgent to use this function.
Steve Whitcher commented
My staff would be thrilled if they could just search for users by Job Title or office location, like they did in Skype.
Colin Ferguson commented
The most insidious thing about this problem is that Teams looks so good to start with, and a feature as basic as decent search is simply assumed. So companies invest time and money and then discover that they've created an impenetrable data silo. MS Teams should absolutely be taken off the table until Microsoft can catch up with this "table-stakes" feature.
Colin Ferguson commented
Has Microsoft stopped monitoring UserVoice?
MS Lover commented
Search topics such as conversation and announcement as well.
Cos sometimes we have a conversation with a specific subject such as TEAMS FEATURES, we can such for the same keywords as TEAMS FEATURES and update or reply with new updates whenever MS has released new Teams features and inform our team/employees.
This process will help us to keep track of all old comments and updates within this thread/topics
Instead of creating a new topic/conversation or Annoucement in a channel.
there a a few related request, for instance https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/18623599-fulltextsearch-for-wiki
Also I would like to see content from the connected SharePoint site included. For instance pages from the SharePoint News-connector should be included in the search results.
Mike Ely commented
It's "planned" over a year ago. Come on Teams team, pull your collective heads out and adopt user-facing features and quit bending over backwards to please the idiot C-levels. Your product sucks because your focus is backwards.
Maciej Michałek commented
Please, do something with that. This is also connected with https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/32343385-specific-search
The longer we use Teams, the more annoying search is becoming.
Chat messages found should be visible with it's scrollable surrounding. Date parameters are also the must be.
Curt Keisler commented
Yeah. I know the conversation I'm in has the word "error" right where I want to find the information I need. Unfortunately, there's another channel that pumps error messages into that other channel . . . so . . . when I search . . . good luck . . . and there's no way to eliminate that noise that I can find. So . . . search is useless to me. Would be nice to search JUST in the conversation you're having . . . not the whole dang collection of conversations. Let me pick.
This is sad ...
Liz Braun commented
Search through Wiki and OneNote please!
Pallavi Das commented
I cant even search for only chat messages while searching. This is awful.
Need to be able to search!!! Through chats, Channels, Everything, I can't believe we are using something without a search. argh...........
I post a lot of adaptive cards on Teams through Flow and it seems none of the text content on these cards is able to found in the current search method. Which is kind of a problem when we're trying to search for a specific piece of information that appeared as an adaptive card.
However, if you post a messagecard through a webhook, then it can be searched. But adaptive cards > message cards. So please include in your planned search upgrade the ability to find adaptive cards too.
There are numerous times I remember "who" I had a particular conversation with. I would like to be able to fully search the convo history with that person when needed rather than always be stuck with anytime the search term occurred in any conversation.
Please include search results from connected sharepoint site pages.