macOS Monterey 12.1 update broke Outlook search filter, issue acknowledged by Microsoft but no fix till January

Developed by Microsoft, Outlook is one of the most popular email clients to date. Available as part of the Microsoft Office suite, it incorporates functions such as task managing and contact managing amongst many more.

However, as is the case with every software application, users are prone to bugs and glitches. That being said, users are now reporting that the Outlook search filter function is not working after updating to macOS Monterey 12.1.


The issue seems to be affecting those running Office 2021. Many say that no results show up whenever they use the search filter, which is really frustrating if you receive a lot of emails and need to search for specific terms.

However, Outlook search filters seem to be working just fine on the browser version. User reports suggest that reinstalling the app and running a terminal command recommended by a Microsoft support article is not helping either.


I migrated from an old (Intel) MacBook Air running Office 2016 to a new (Apple silicon) MacBook Air running Monterey 12.1 with Office 2021. I migrated files, data and settings using Apple’s Migration Assistant.
I have a problem with Outlook 16.56: When I use search or advanced search of my sent messages folder (or any other folder) I get “No results” despite knowing that there are messages that should be displayed in the results. I know there are messages that contain the search term when I open the Sent folder and can see them.

Search not working in Outlook 2019 since updating to Monterey 12.1 on the Mac
There appears from other sites to be a very widespread problem with search not working in Outlook – no results obtained in Monterey- since the latest OS update. Rebuilding spotlight does not work and many people cannot change to the new version of outlook as they are served by older versions of Exchange Server. It looks like a bug, but any ideas gratefully received.

Thankfully, Microsoft seems to be aware of the issue and said that they are working with Apple to fix it as soon as possible.

Those dependent on the Outlook search filter say the only workaround that seems to be working is to downgrade macOS Monterey to 12.0.1 or to switch to New Outlook.

Search in Outlook for Mac returns no results after installing macOS Monterey 12.1
Outlook for Microsoft 365 for Mac
Last Updated: December 23, 2021
After installing the macOS Monterey 12.1 update, search in old versions of Outlook for Mac returns no results..
The Outlook team is investigating the issue and working with Apple to identify the cause. We will update this article when more information is available.
To work around this issue, switch to the new Outlook for Mac.

However, there is no timeframe on when it will be fixed.

Nonetheless, we will keep tabs on the issue and let you know when Microsoft fixes the Outlook search filter on macOS Monterey 12.1 so stay tuned for further updates.

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Anurag Chawake

My fascination with technology and computers goes back to the days of Windows XP. Since then, I have been tinkering with OS, mobile phones, and other things. When I am not working on anything, you will find me enjoying video games on some Discord server.