Microsoft Teams has some pretty powerful search options that are incredibly useful. Maybe you’re looking to find all messages from a specific sender, or all messages in a certain date range. You’re in luck, because Teams makes searching easy and we’ve got a short tutorial on how to search chat history in Microsoft Teams.
How to Search Chat Messages
You can search your chat history by using the search bar at the top of Microsoft Teams. Simply search for the content of the message you’re looking for or the name of the sender.
Don’t select their name in the search results that appear while typing as this will open a new chat conversation with them, just hit
Enter on your keyboard or click
Search for <name>.
How to Filter Chat History Search Results
You can filter search results in Microsoft Teams by clicking the
Filter icon in the upper right corner of the results. Below, we’ll show you step-by-step:
- In Microsoft Teams, perform a search for something using the Search bar at the top of Teams.
- In the search results on the left hand side of Teams, click the
- Use the fields in the filters menu that appears to narrow down your search and then click the
How to Filter Search Results by Date
You can search by date in Microsoft Teams using the filter menu shown above, or by using the Sent: and Received: search modifiers. The filter menu works great for broad date ranges, but for specific dates you’ll want to use the search modifiers.
To filter search results by a date range, use the
Date field in the search results filter menu.
To filter search results by specific dates and date ranges, use the Sent: and Received: search modifiers. You can use search modifiers by typing them into the Search bar at the top of Microsoft Teams.
Below are some examples you can use to find chat messages by a specific date or date range.
Received on 2/17/2022:
Sent on 3/10/2022:
Messages received between 1/3/2022 and 1/28/2022:
Other Search Modifiers & Operators in Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams supports Keyword Query Language in its search bar allowing you to use all kinds of search modifiers and operators. Below are some common modifiers you might find useful. Simply type or copy and paste these into the search bar to use them.
- “<exact text>”
- From:<name of person>
- In:<channel or group chat name>
- X AND Y
- X OR Y
- A – B
- A + B