About two months ago, I began using Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, which I absolutely love. Microsoft has really done great things with this program over the years, although I must admit there are a few things I would change if I could. I also use Google Desktop, which enables me to index and search my entire computer, including e-mails, PDF files, and many other previously search-obscure file types. This is not unlike Microsoft’s solution which is called Instant Search. Microsoft Instant Search indexes files in a similar way, but I find that it hogs more resources and is generally not as good as Google Desktop.
In Outlook, Microsoft promotes this product relentlessly and does not provide a friendly way to remove the notifications; however, I finally came across a way to rid Outlook of these annoying messages. Following the steps listed below will remove all Instant Search notifications from Outlook:
- Open the Tools menu, and click Options.
- Select the Other tab, and click Advanced Options.
- In the General settings section (first), the last item is Show prompts to enable Instant Search. Make sure this box is left unchecked.
- Click OK, and then OK again to get back to the main Outlook screen.
While this works for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, I cannot confirm it will work on Outlook 2003 and below. If anyone has experience with doing this on ’03 and below, please feel free to post directions.