How to Fix Outlook Couldn’t Complete Your Search Error

Microsoft Outlook is known as the most famous email client for the users of Windows. When the users attempt to find media or emails, they may face the “Outlook couldn’t complete your search error. Many users have complaints about the same issues in the Reddit community. If you are one of them, then follow the steps mentioned in this article to fix this issue.

Here’s how to fix Outlook couldn’t complete your search error

  • Installing the pending updates
  1. This error is because of the Windows KB updates.
  2. In case you haven’t downloaded updates currently, you need to check if there is any update available.
  3. Press on the Start option.
  4. Choose the Settings tab.
  5. Click on the Update and Security option.
  6. Below the Windows updated menu, you need to check whether any updates are shown on the screen.
  7. In case you are able to do so, start downloading and installing updates.
  8. Start the system again.
  9. You need to start the system again.
  10. You have to check whether Outlook search is working properly or not.
  • Uninstalling the Windows 10 KB updates
  1. In case you have downloaded the KB updates, then you need to uninstall them by fixing this error.
  2. Press on the Start option.
  3. Choose the Settings tab.
  4. Click on the Updates and Security option.
  5. Press on the View Update History option.
  6. Press on the Uninstall updates option.
  7. Choose the currently downloaded Microsoft Windows update software.
  8. Press on the Uninstall option.
  9. Start the system again.
  10. You need to check whether you have fixed the Outlook couldn’t complete your search error or not.
  • Removing the third-party Outlook add-in
  1. The Outlook error can occur because of the third-party add-in menu.
  2. You need to turn off the third-party add-in which is downloaded for Outlook.
  3. Go to the Outlook application.
  4. Click on the File option.
  5. Press on the Options button.
  6. By going to the left-hand panel, press on the Add-ins option.
  7. At the end of the screen, press on the pull-down list. You need to choose the COM Add-ins.
  8. After that, press on the Go option.
  9. Choose the installed Add-ins option.
  10. Press on the Remove option.
  11. You need to open the Outlook once again.
  12. You have to check whether this issue is fixed or not.
  13. In case you are still facing this issue, start uninstalling the add-ins separately.
  • Repairing the Microsoft Office installation
  1. In case you are still getting this issue, you need to execute the Microsoft Office by going to the Control Panel.
  2. Click on the Windows and R keys together.
  3. It will launch the Run prompt box.
  4. Enter Control panel in the search bar.
  5. Press on the OK button.
  6. Click on the Programs option.
  7. Press on the Programs and Features menu.
  8. Choose the Microsoft Office.
  9.  After that, press on the Change option.
  10. By going to the repair tool, choose the Quick Repair option.
  11. Search and solve the error with the Outlook client.
  12. In case you are still getting the error, then start using the Online Repair option.
  13. Exit from the troubleshooter.
  14. You need to check if the issue is fixed or not.

Lily Johnsol is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technology industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Emma has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as


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