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.
a working search please!!!
Yes please, would be very useful
Rob Fink commented
UPDATE PLEASE! This is making me want to stop using teams.
I really need to be able to search and then have teams take me to that point in time in my conversation. Seeing the one message that has something I remember from that day does not help me. Many times we don't know what will become important and need to go back to view it all as it happened not just a single message.
Georges Khairallah commented
This is unbelievable that this functionality doesn't exist. I literally just wasted an hour trying to scroll back trying to find a previous conversation. I know exactly where it is, because I was able to search for it and found ONE line of the conversation, but I have no way of clicking on it and actually going to the full conversation! This is a serious shortcoming of Teams! WOW! When is the implementation of this planned?
Microsoft rep. here. Can we kindly get an update . I have to keep sending the same message out to all that ask me.
any update? We want to search the Wiki!
David Portass commented
How is this still not a thing? Even Discord, a gamer orientated chat app give the ability to search back to something and take you to that point in the chat history. Discord in general is significantly more pleasurable to use full stop.
I've just spent the last 15-20 minutes having to scroll back up through a chat with a colleague to find out what we spoke about around a particular issue (loading of back chat takes a long time) and before I got there an urgent message came through from my manager I needed to respond to which now means I've got to start scrolling back up through the entire conversation again to try and get back to that point!!!!!!!
To say i'm angry at Microsoft for yet again for trying to do lots of shiny new things without getting core features of their applications working, or built at all, is an understatement. Really envious of friends in other companies that get to use Slack
It would be excellent if we could search based on emoji/reaction as in slack, where you can respond to a message with a large number of emojis, such as stars for favorite, or hearts, etc. You can then type "has: star" in the search and "contains: <keyword>" and all matches will come up.
Emmanuel Preveraud commented
Conversation search is just useless and frustrating.
Searching some word gives ONLY the single message that I sent with this word, with no ability to see the context (what am I replying to ? What was the rest of the chat after ?). Only gives the date and I have to manually scroll to that date (slowly...).
Jacob Baer commented
We get a number of users leaving Teams just to go use the modern search experience on their site. What is the purpose of Teams if they must leave it to go perform a search.
Still planned ?
Folders should be included in the search results. Currently only files, whose names contain the search text, are shown in the results.
In general, the Teams search should extend deeper into the connected Sharepoint repository.
Search in Teams is utter and total garbage. Makes Teams untenable for big projects shared across companies.
lack of Search. is annoying...………………….
Mark Wright commented
The final point to display chat search results in context is imperative to make the search feature useful. To be able to find a search term in a large chat is really good, but to not be able to navigate to that location in the chat to see the context in which that post was made, makes the results of absolutely no use what so ever.
Please ensure this feature is added.
Joseph Dunphy commented
Use case: we have a channel for seeking out MS Teams support-based questions. It's difficult for someone to search quickly in that channel to see if a similar question has already been asked due to the existing two step process (need to search the variable first > then on the results page start adding filters)
Would be fantastic if the ctrl+f function defaulted to searching within the channel/chat you're currently on so it could be used as a quick way to skim that particular screen for similar content and drive up search adoption for new users
i quit commented
it is awful
David Verhulst commented
Maybe you can implement the Google search engine
#wondering #why #does #it #take #so #long
Erik Toft commented
Holy fu..er...shi...cra... - ok trying to be nice here. I'm really new to Teams, but dang! No decent search facility leaves this thing very restricted from a real world functionality perspective.
The inefficiency of the search is really annoying. Could you please rush the updates?!