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Specific search

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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  • kanch commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    As said below, it's absolutely insane when you finally find the message you want that you have to scroll up to the message to view the full conversation. please improve that.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I don't know why this isn't even a thing yet, a pretty obvious feature to have. This is just frustrating.

  • Tomek commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It should be possible to search with only part of word not only all. Moreover I can't search files - it doesn't work.

  • Dial commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This idea has pretty much gone NOWHERE in close to a year... seeing things like this makes me dislike the switch to Teams more and more. I would be fired if I let something sit this long.

  • Zema commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I can't believe such basic function doesn't exist in Teams! I have hundreds of things I am searching for in chats on the daily basis. Now even if found it takes me 30 minutes of scrolling and waiting, scrolling and waiting till I get to the message I need 2 months ago. We should have stayed with Skype.

  • Laura commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    + an office of around 20 people!!! This would really make our lives / work a lot easier!
    Would appreciate any update on this regard.

  • Garrett Van Dyk commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    +1 Yeah, this feature would be extremely helpful. I can't tell you how many times I've searched for a message in a Chat and clicked Go to Chat, only to be brought to the most recent message.

  • Jangie Jangie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @v-brorob ... pls amend your response as it is misleading... as per pointed out by @Ulf... it's not available yet... and should be upvoted ASAP so it can be worked on... thanks...

  • Alex commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Problem with the search bar is that it is slow since it's searching EVERY chat and channel you're in. For those of us with a lot of activity it is unbearably slow to the point of near uselessness.

    Ctrl-F should do a simple search within the current chat or channel that has focus and have simple Next/Previous controls. See Skype 7.40 for a good implementation.

  • Vlad commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We heavily use "OpsGenie" alert notifications and their API/BOT which is currently integrated with Slack... So we are __trying__ to transition to Teams but searching info in a specific alert does not work. None of the alert notifications that the OpsGenie BOT posts are searchable. This is a MAJOR issue. Why does the search function not "SEARCH" all the text within the BOT's posts???

  • Joey commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I was able to search chat for messages from October. I am not able to search in Wiki without it opening an mht file in my browser. A search function for text in OneNote needs to be added too.

  • Aesaaved commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I also experience this issue. Having deployed back in September, several people in the company have a lot of chat information that takes forever to scroll back.

  • Dev commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes; and when I'm in a chat and I want to search that chat, now that the search/command bar is there I have to now jump through more hoops to filter down to search where I already am. Then when I find the result it takes me to 'not the result' so I can't see the surrounding context. Needs fixing!

  • Ethan Janson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Ditto everything that has been said so far. It is ridiculous that we can't have a contextual search and instead have to scroll forever to find the message. The "Go To Chat" button is pointless. It should be "Go to this point in the chat" or something like that. Worst part of Teams

  • Berney Villers commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I don't understand how this needs to be under review for more than a day before being declared a critical bug.

    You convinced us to shift our company communications from Skype and Email to Teams. AOL Instant messenger honestly had a better ability to locate a message from some months ago and see it in context of the entire conversation.

    Outlook is able to do this, Skype is able to do this, Skype For Biz is able to do this.

    MIcrosoft's flagship team communications tool is NOT able to facilitate locating and reviewing a conversation that occurred in the past yet 2 months later it's UNDER REVIEW?

    Folks, have you any idea how debilitating this issue is? For all intents and purposes, if I cant remember something, it might as well not have happened bc Teams cant facilitate my finding it.

    Please allow me to ask, what is the purpose of a messaging tool without the ability to look back historically? Why use a tool at all? Why not just go from memory and send SMS messages? I'm not being sarcastic. I don't understand why this isnt the highest priority task you all have. Currently I have a communications tool that is less effective than placing text files in a onedrive folder for conversation threads. At least those would be searchable.

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