Search inside specific chats with other people and the ability to jump to the message so that the surrounding messages can be read and not just that message.
not all searches can be pinpointed like a phone number. I remember the context but not the specific message. I can find the message in the general search then have to go into that chat and scroll to that date. Searching within a specific chat with another individual would be much more useful than searching all my chats.
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J Tenneson commented
Any update? The last review was 12 months ago?
An example of the functionality - Thunderbird has 2 search bars if you have multiple e-mail accounts set up. The top search bar (which ties to the existing search bar in Teams) and then a nested search in the 'working' pane for the e-mail account you're currently looking at.
Searches in the top pane search all e-mail accounts. Searches in the nested pane search only the in-focus e-mail.
By the same token, the top search would search all of Teams. The nested pane would limit to the Chat/Channel currently in focus.
PLEASE make this a reality. The chat search function in Teams is the least useful I've ever used to search for items in a conversation. I need to be able to search for messages and see the results in context. It's not helpful to be given the one message that matched my search result.The amount of time that it takes to scroll back in time to the date of the search result message is awful. It would also be really helpful for chats to be saved and sent to email -- like Skype does.
Harvey Scotton - Arm commented
This is a feature Teams defiantly needs!
I know I had a conversation with a person where we discussed 'Teams' but I need to search what the context was around that word but there isn't a quick and easy way of searching a 1-2-1 chat.
In consumer Skype you can do 'Ctrl+F', type the word and quickly scan through each time that word was typed which is really effective.
YES! Please make this available, there are so many use cases for this function to work. Especially considering you could do this with Skype for Business, the absence of the function is very hindering.
Paco Ortiz Lozano commented
I just lost 2 hours trying to scroll to a message six months old... I give up, scrolling in teams to search for historic information is so bad... :(
Terra Whitmeyer commented
Ditto this: "While Teams will show me the specific message that matches my query, it will not let be view the message in context of the history/thread so I could follow the conversation."
Searching messages is useless if we cannot click on the message and be sent to where it is so we can read the full conversation. It's impossible to get to a message I am looking for a year ago because we cannot scroll enough or properly.
Carlos Gongora commented
Please enable this feature!!
James O commented
Completely agree. I did a search for in the results was a message in conversation I was looking for and discovered it was a almost a year ago. While Teams will show me the specific message that matches my query, it will not let be view the message in context of the history/thread so I could follow the conversation. My only option was to go that that user's chat and scroll up, wait, scroll up, wait, scroll up wait, going back week by week for ~51 weeks until I found the message in the thread. It took forever. And since Teams has not blessed us with the ability to have multiple windows open or separate windows, if I need to reply to a different team member or channel while I'm still trying to research this old conversation, then I lose my place in history because when I switch back to the user it takes me to current history and not where I left off so I have to then scroll back, week-by-week again until I get ~51 weeks in the history. This is a HUGE pain.
We need this fuction, i speak a lot with my teammates, is really hard to find a message from 3 días ago. Please make this fuction soon :(
Having search allow me to view the context around the specific item I'm searching for and then jump to it is EXTREMELY important. I remember asking people for certain pieces of information, but I can't recall their response. But when I search for the keyword like "login" it just shows me that I said that at a point in time. I can't jump to when I said that, I can't read what they responded with.
It doesn't make sense for a search to not allow me to jump to the surrounding conversation. Slack, Discord, etc all have this.
Unbelievable this is missing. Why have search at all? Or, do you plan to let Google index everything? This should have been an initial requirement of search.
S Hooper commented
Searching in a conversation is an essential feature.
The fact that a search result can't take you back to that place in search is pathetic. "Oh I found the conversation I was looking for, but it's from 6 months ago. Guess I get to scroll for the next 2 hours looking for it"... absurd
Hopefully this gets prioritized before our company decides to go back to Slack
Yes..we can't search the messages in specific chat
Max Vaughn commented
Working in CSS, we use Teams daily. We have reached the point where locating information is very difficult with the current search capabilities.
We need context sensitive search ( within the current meeting/extended conversation)
and cross channel/conversation searches as well.
How on earth is this not a priority? This, in combination with how poor the performance when scrolling back through messages, is the reason I'm constantly pushing our organisation to move to slack. It's not like we lose anything if we can't take the chat history with us since it's all-but unusable anyway
Not having the context and full historical data search basically makes your search feature a faux feature. Not a search. Basically I use it to get the date of when something around that topic came up, then I need to scroll in the chat to find it. And scrolling too far in the past makes Teams crash. And it takes forever to load. So there's not really a workaround for this. I don't want to use teams anymore for important information since I don't trust it to maintain that information over time and be able to serve it up when I need it. My conversations are lost.
slack does this better.
Michael Todd commented
This looks like a straight-up bug in Teams when I look at the Search function for Conversations.
When performing a keyword search for a conversation, then clicking on any one of the results that show up, I only get the specific message that has that keyword in it displayed, with no context. This completely confounds the use of search within a conversation because I then have to log the date and time of that message, go BACK to the conversation thread, and scroll.
It's another instance, similar to the "start a new conversation" button/field and the "reply to thread" link where it would be much more intuitive and easier for all manner of users if you simply copied what Slack is doing with conversation threads and comment threads.
This popped up when my team was looking to solve a bug. We all knew we had talked about the bug before and discussed a solution. We were able to SEARCH for the conversation and find terms that matched. But we were unable to open the full conversation to find out how we solved the bug.
Can we please allow Search to bring us to the related conversation? Currently it shows only the single message that matches your term.
Slack does this.
I too face the similar issue. I want to search specific msg in a particular group/channels but the search open takes only exact word, even if I am search a partial word it is not showing any results. Another point is, if we search anything, it gives result for all the teams where I am part of and not to a particular channel. Do we have any other option or will it be considered in the next upgrade?