Search in the Microsoft 365 admin center

As the administrator of a Microsoft 365 organization, you can use search to find users, perform actions, navigate to different settings, and read documentation. With new search functionality, search speed has improved, and you can now search from every page in the admin center. The search box has moved to the banner area at the top of the admin center. You can use the Alt+S shortcut to use search from any page.

Screenshot: Search bar in the Microsoft 365 admin center

Search results are organized into different categories. Most of the categories are items in the admin center. For example, users, groups, shared mailboxes or domains. Other categories show you places you can navigate to, actions you can take or app level settings that you can change. And there's also a category related to documentation.

The following sections describe the different areas and categories in the admin center that are searchable.

Before you begin

You need to be an administrator to search in the admin center. Search results are scoped to administrator permissions the logged in user has. For example, if SharePoint admin doesn't see an area or category in the admin center, they won't see it in search.

Users

Users can be found by display name, last name, first name, username, primary email address, or email aliases. Select the user's name edit to edit the user’s details.

Screenshot: Search for a user Felix Henderson

If you select the three dots (more actions) menu next to their name, you can reset their password.

Screenshot: User search with the option to reset password from search result

Tips to improve user search results

  • Make sure you spell the users' names correctly as user searches are matched exactly against the earlier mentioned properties. For example, in the above example, Jus or Malz will work but a misspelling, like, Jostin instead of Justin will not find this user.
  • To get an exact match, search by primary email address or username.

Groups

You can search for Groups by group name or group email address. You can select the Group and edit the group from any page.

Screenshot: Search results for groups in the admin center

Tips to improve Group search results

Make sure you spell the group name correctly.

Actions

You can search for Actions category contains frequently used actions in M365 Admin Center. Think of actions as verb in the system. For example, you can also search "reset password" from any page and then reset one or more passwords for users. You can search for “delete a user” and delete the user from the Delete user page.

Screenshot: Search results showing actions you can perform in the admin center

Results provides a way to quickly navigate to a specific page in the admin center. For example, searching for RBAC will take you to the Roles page for Azure AD roles.

Screenshot: Search results showing navigation path in the admin center

Settings

Search for supported app level settings related to your organization, the services you subscribe to, and security and privacy settings.

Screenshot: Search results showing settings in the admin center

Domain

You can find quick links to your domains, and then the link will take you to that domain's overview page.

Search results showing domains owned in the admin center.

Documentation

A documentation search provides relevant help documentation based on your search phrase. Click on the topic to learn more.

Screenshot: Search showing documentation results in the admin center

Send us feedback

Use this section to submit feedback on the search experience. We can't respond to all feedback, but we read all of it, and use your feedback to improve the search experience. Make sure to provide as much detail as you can in your feedback.

Screenshot: Send feedback on search in the admin center