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.
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.
Alexander Jansen commented
The inaction on Microsoft's end is definitely disappointing here, but not unexpected.
I'm more disappointed that the average user is apparently more interested in creating custom emoji than being able to find anything. I guess most people see Teams as a venue for slacking off at work rather than getting it done.
For real, it is 9/23/2019 and I need to find the context of a chat message from 3/08/2018 and it is impossible. Chat logs are a for of running documentation. Lots of frusteration here. Thanks for chopping your users off at the knees.
This feature was common in messangers like 20 years ago. But hey, we need to wait for it in 2019 :-D
No search = **** poor messenger product. It's that simple.
Whoever is responsible for planning this product... you need a new job.
Teams remains by far the worst messenger I ever had to use in a company. Horrible in so many aspects.
But hey, we have GIFs.
"But those who plan & implement a meme generator before a search tool are way worse than that." Well said Jérémy.
It's ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE that M$ Teams supports search across everything but doesn't even let you search only within a single chat session or room. I'm frankly shocked, and honestly even sickened by this. I've wasted so much time trying to search back through chat history and often give up.
CURSE OUR IT TEAM WHO FORCED TEAMS UPON US AND CURSE MICROSOFT TEAMS PROJECT MANAGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Maybe I am missing this, but the ability to search across other sharepoint sites from within teams would be fantastic. For example if i search for "branding" it should pull results from any sharepoint site the user has access to. This would be very useful for things like the corporate Intranet.
Wait, are you serious?
1. No partial word search
2. No chat/team-specific search
3. No local cache for messages, so you need to load every single message between now and the day you are looking for
4. No jump to message from search results, so you can't read messages before and after the (weak) given resulted message
Can confirm: Need this feature A.S.A.P.
I work at a very large, KC-based company where we use the Teams Chat feature extensively and scrolling up through several weeks-worth of messages just to find something is extremely inefficient.
1.5 years since the last update on a request to add functionality that was standard on every piece of Windows software since the mid 90's....
Long Nguyen commented
It's 1.5 year ago, is the feature got implemented, my company deploy msteam and I still can't use Ctrl F or anything to find our old messages
Last update Sept. 9, 2018 by @Warren, one year ago.
Any news ?
Please make this happen as soon as possible. It is a pain without it. It would be so helpful to finally be able to ctrl+f search for previous messages.
Jérémy Quentin commented
Some project managers are a joke. But those who plan & implement a meme generator before a search tool are way worse than that.
Ron Harris commented
Imagine the internet without a search capability. Imagine using email without being able to search your inbox or folders. Imagine working in Teams having to remember when and where you had a conversation about something you now need to find. What do we need to do to elevate this idea past Planned? Based on the status, you're not even Working On It. Is this not a feature that deserves attention?
Yep, still waiting for this... I'm sure we had it in MSN Messenger about 20 years ago.
When will this be implemented?
If you want UK universities to use this service day to day, this functionality is essential. Please provice an update ASAP.