Lookout is a lighting fast Microsoft Outlook search add-in. It was a favorite and popular product a few years ago. The company was bought by Microsoft who pulled the software and official website. The latest version of the Microsoft Outlook search add-in can still be downloaded from various software portals and it even works with Microsoft Office 2007 after making a small change to a local file.
Lookout indexes all Microsoft Outlook contents and provides a toolbar to search all emails, news feeds, appointments and attachments. It basically can index all contents of Microsoft Outlook to power the search. Advanced users will like the option to exclude folders from being indexed.
The Microsoft Outlook search add-in Lookout integrates itself nicely into Microsoft Outlook 2003 but needs a small tweak before it will work in Outlook 2007.
rename Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook.OLD
To reverse the changes one would issue the command
rename Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook.OLD Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook
The options of the Microsoft Outlook search add-on are quite extensive. It is possible to define a time range for the indexing process and to specify how fast new items should be added to the index.
Lookout will automatically index the contents of attachments with the endings txt, doc, html, htm, xls and ppt. My Document folders can be added to the search as well as additional files, folders and Microsoft Outlook folders.
Lookout is a fast lightweight Microsoft Outlook search add-in that's way faster than other solutions like Google's Desktop Search tool.
Update: The program has not been updated for a while, and it is recommended to use the built-in search option of Outlook instead as the program itself is not compatible with recent versions of Microsoft's email program. You can still make use of it if you are using an old version of Outlook on your computer.
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