Are you tired of dealing with the annoying app search bar in Outlook? Don't worry, you're not alone. This is a known bug that Microsoft has acknowledged. Many users have raised this issue in the support forum, but sifting through those messages can be a time-consuming task. However, I have found an official blog post from Microsoft that shed some light on this matter.

Unfortunately, as of the posting of this video transcript, there is no official way to solve the problem. The good news is that Microsoft has planned to release an update to fix this bug on February 13th. But until then, there are a couple of workarounds that you can try.

One possible solution is to adjust the reading pane settings. Since the search bar appears in the reading pane, you can temporarily remove it by setting the reading pane to the bottom or turning it off completely. To do this, navigate to the "View" tab in Outlook, then find the "Layout" section on the right. Click on "Reading Pane" and select "Bottom" or "Off" to eliminate the annoying search bar from your view.

Another workaround involves reverting Microsoft Outlook to the previous build. This option is a bit more technical, so it might be helpful to seek assistance from someone in your office who is familiar with these procedures. Essentially, you will need to run two command lines in your command prompt as an administrator. This will disable future updates and move you back to the previous version of Outlook where the bug does not exist.

If you are not comfortable with the previous workaround, you can simply wait until February 13th for the official update. On that day, visit the Microsoft support page and check if the bug is resolved and the status has changed to "fixed." Once the update is available, you can install it and bid farewell to the annoying search bar issue.

In conclusion, dealing with the annoying app search bar in Outlook can be frustrating, but there are options available to resolve this problem. Whether you choose to adjust the reading pane settings, revert to the previous build, or wait for the official update, rest assured that Microsoft is actively working on addressing this issue.

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