App Search Outlook Remove - Full Guide: What You Need to Do

If you're experiencing the irritating app search bar in Outlook, you're not alone. This bug has affected thousands of Outlook users and can be quite frustrating. While finding a solution may seem daunting at first, there are a few steps you can take to resolve the issue.

Before diving into the solutions, it's worth noting that searching through Microsoft Answers may not be the most efficient way to find a fix. With over 100 posts currently discussing this bug, it can be time-consuming to sift through them all. Instead, I suggest heading to for an official response from the Microsoft team.

According to Microsoft, this bug is still in the workaround stage, and they plan to release an update on February 13th or later to address the issue. So, if you're willing to wait a few more days, make sure to download the new version of Outlook after the update is released. This should fix the problem and eliminate the app search bar.

If waiting isn't an option, Microsoft offers a temporary workaround. You can set the "read and paint" option to "bottom" or "off" to move the search bar and regain control over your screen real estate. To do this, click on "View" in Outlook, select "Read and Paint," and then choose either "Bottom" or "Off." This workaround should provide temporary relief until the bug is officially fixed.

Alternatively, you can revert your Outlook installation to the previous version, which seems to be a more reliable workaround. While this method may seem technical, it can be accomplished without additional IT support. Here's a detailed guide on how to do it:

  1. Close all Office applications.
  2. On your Windows computer, select "Start" and type "command" in the search box.
  3. Right-click on "Command Prompt" and select "Run as administrator."
  4. In the command prompt, copy and paste the following two command lines, pressing Enter after each one: a. CD Program Files Common Files Microsoft Shared Click-to-Run b. OfficeC2RClient.exe /Update User updatetoversion=

By following these steps, you'll return to the previous version of Outlook before the app search bar appeared. Once the repair is complete, open Outlook and select "File," then "Office Account." From there, choose "Update Options" and select "Disable Updates" to prevent the buggy version from being installed again.

To ensure that the issue has been resolved, Microsoft suggests adding an appointment to your calendar after February 13th. Check back on the support article for confirmation that the bug has been fixed. If the issue is resolved, re-enable updates by clicking on "File," "Office Account," "Update Options," and selecting "Enable Updates."

Make sure to bookmark the official support article for easy access. You can search for the article using its title or find the URL provided above. On February 13th or later, revisit the article to check the status and proceed accordingly.

With thousands of users affected by this bug, it's clear that the app search bar issue is causing frustration. While Microsoft continues to address the problem, you can try the provided workarounds or wait until the February 13th update. If you come across any other suggestions or solutions, feel free to share them in the comments. Let's hope this annoyance is resolved soon, saving everyone time spent on support forums.

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