[Beta] Zero Search Results Message

Discussion in 'Windows Live Mail' started by Ildhund, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. Ildhund

    Ildhund Guest

    I just conducted a search - it happens a lot these days, because I can't readily find anything at all with this crazy sortiment - and this was the result:
    http://cid-275b34cd4fcbe487.office....enshots/WLMail^_Beta^_No^_Search^_Results.PNG (if that works).

    Anyway, the message told me that no items matched my search and advised me thus: "On the 'View' menu, point to 'Current View', and then click 'Show all messages'."
    I'm lost in the jungle again.
     
    Ildhund, Aug 5, 2010
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    Ildhund Guest

    Ildhund, Aug 5, 2010
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  3. Ildhund

    Guest Guest


    Appears much like a similar problem I'm seeing with the
    current versions of both Windows Live Mail and Windows
    Mail - if I start a search and the program can't grab enough
    memory to complete the search, and the machine has been
    too busy the last few nights to complete suitable indexing
    runs, the Find Message windows gives up after a few
    minutes and returns 0 items found, even when I can see an
    item on the screen it should have found. Could WLM be
    updated so that it will return some suitable error message in
    this situation, instead of just 0 items found?

    Just adding more memory is not a good answer - the
    motherboards won't hold any more, and the Vista versions
    won't try to use any more (4 GB on my 32-bit desktop,
    and 8 GB on my 64-bit desktop). I'm trying to get more
    information on the registry values controlling the
    SuperFetch feature of Vista, since changing those registry
    values at least appears to have more potential of helping.

    Robert Miles
     
    Guest, Aug 5, 2010
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  4. Anyway, the message told me that no items matched my search and advised me

    Is the point that there is no "View menu" in the beta? Only a View tab?
    So more appropriate wording for that circumstance in the beta would be: On
    the View tab, click the Filter messages button and choose the Show All
    Messages item (or press F10,V,V,F,Enter).


    Robert
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    Robert Aldwinckle, Aug 5, 2010
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  5. Ildhund

    Ildhund Guest

    Messages item (or press F10,V,V,F,Enter).

    Yes, that was my point. I can't see any reason for a public beta release unless it's to uncover in everyday use oddities that don't necessarily get noticed in the dev lab. Since there's no bug reporting function, I don't know of any way to bring this sort of fault to the attention of someone in a position to do something about it, apart from the 'feedback' link. The problem with that is that, with no feedback from a feedback post, you're left with the idea that your pearls of wisdom have been cast into a bottomless pit.

    People like us (!) can easily ignore this sort of mistake, but what about Mrs Blenkinsop of Chipping Sodbury when the version comes out of beta? A little irritant like this can cause endless unnecessary frustration.
     
    Ildhund, Aug 6, 2010
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  6. you're left with the idea that your pearls of wisdom have been cast into

    I think that sums up just about any beta participation with MS. Help
    issues aren't wanted because Help files are always fixed last. Usability
    issues aren't wanted because the design is frozen. Bugs can't be
    determined because there is no spec to judge them against and because the
    functionality and its implementation is so irregular that the answer can
    always be (and usually is) WAD/BAD (especially in this product). And if
    you really do manage to find a real bug (e.g. a repeatable crash or
    something that doesn't work that obviously should work) even if you do
    laboriously document a "repro" procedure the incident will most likely be
    closed "No Repro" or "Won't Fix" anyway.


    Robert
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    Robert Aldwinckle, Aug 7, 2010
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