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I've tried this every way I can think of. Scenario: you have an inbox with five emails, each from a different person: personA, personB, ... personE. My goal is to write a search query that excludes people and shows the remaining emails.

I can write positive queries like from:personA OR from:personB, and the query returns a mixed bag of emails from personA and personB.

I've written the converse query NOT (from:personA OR from:personB) and the query returns all emails including personA and personB. I've tried variants like NOT from:personA AND NOT from:personB, NOT from:personA OR NOT from:personB and nothing works.

If I reduce the query to exclude only one person, it works as expected. However, if I try to expand scope to exclude more than one it doesn't returned desired results. What am I missing?

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    Are you talking about outlook.com or the desktop app? – Alex Jul 4 '14 at 17:01
  • Referring to Desktop app – japollock Jul 6 '14 at 15:28
  • Will you accept an answer that involves using the GUI to generate a query, or do you require typing in a query into the search field? – pacoverflow Jul 9 '14 at 23:26
  • I prefer the latter. Are you saying it's not possible via query in search box? – japollock Jul 11 '14 at 4:49
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    @japollock I have tried typing all sorts of combinations into the search field and nothing works. Seems like a bug in Outlook to be honest. But there's a way to do it using the GUI. – pacoverflow Jul 14 '14 at 15:12

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