How to Easily Master Your Desktop Email Search in Windows

Do you use multiple email clients on your computer? Interested in browsing your email archive across these clients? Then you’ll want to try third-party software like MailStore Home or E-mail History Browser. Using these stand-alone software solutions you can browse your email history across supported clients like Thunderbird, Nylas Mail, Mailbird, eM Client, Hiri, Outlook, and other major email clients.

However, if you’re looking to read your messages directly from the software, then you’ll want to use Mailstore Home. While E-mail History Browser will fetch all your messages from one client or more, it’s not designed to read your emails.

Using E-mail History Browser

When you launch E-mail History Browser it gives you the option to scan your system to find email archives it supports. If you opt for that option, the software then automatically scans your computer and finds and displays its findings in the interface.


E-mail History Browser supports Windows Mail, Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird, and Windows Live Mail. However, the software doesn’t support the new Windows Mail app, doesn’t allow for IMAP folder integrations, and you cannot load common email formats manually into the application.

Since E-mail History Browser stores your information in a file locally, it doesn’t run fresh scans when you initiate it. This ensures faster information retrieval for you. Messages retrieved by E-mail History Browser in a search are listed in a sidebar, classified by client and mail server. With a mouse click, you can switch from one client to another, and by clicking a folder you’ll find your email history.

Search report in your E-mail History Browser outlines information such as:

  • Sender name
  • Email address
  • Subject of message
  • Date and time received
  • Size of message received
  • Attachments (if they have attachments)
  • Flagged (if they were flagged)


You can filter through to find specific emails of interest. However, this filter function works only within folders; you cannot filter all your received emails at once. If you want to search across your messages, Mailstore Home would serve you best for this purpose.

E-Mail History Browser could be described as a metadata browser that supports specific email clients. Although this program works for quickly finding emails and conversations, it doesn’t work well in that regard. Conducting a search across all your archives, attachments, and email clients at once isn’t possible.

The slight edge of using MailStore Home

MailStore Home, just like E-mail History Browser, is free and a standalone program purposed for Windows OS users. You can use MailStore Home to back up your emails.


Desktop email clients like Outlook, Thunderbird, and others are supported. It supports any service that’s compatible with POP or IMAP connection, as well as most webmail services like Windows Hotmail, Yahoo, Windows Live Mail, and Gmail.

Install the software and enter your account credentials. Next, choose the folders you want to have backed up, and then click “Run.” Once MailStore Home analyzes your archives – backup may take a while – it continues running on its own, downloading and saving your email into your designated folder.

MailStore Home has a “Cancel” button. This shouldn’t scare you, as clicking that Cancel button only stops the backup process for the time being until you’re ready to continue. MailStore Home gives you the option to back up your files to an external storage like a DVD or USB storage device.

To wrap up

MailStore Home or E-mail History Browser gives you mastery over your desktop email search. If you want a simple solution, then you’ll want to go with E-mail History Browser. If robust functionalities appeal to you, MailStore Home would be a better fit; either way you’ll enjoy digging through multiple email clients in one search.

Nicholas Godwin
Nicholas Godwin

Nicholas Godwin is a technology researcher who helps businesses tell profitable brand stories that their audiences love. He's worked on projects for Fortune 500 companies, global tech corporations and top consulting firms, from Bloomberg Beta, Accenture, PwC, and Deloitte to HP, Shell, and AT&T. You may follow his work on Twitter or simply say hello. His website is Tech Write Researcher.

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