Finding an attached file in Outlook's temporary folder
I was helping a friend to find file last night and I thought I would share what I learnt with you. It has happened to me a few times and its useful to know how to access this hidden folder.Outlook stores its attachments in a folder like this:In Windows 2000, XPC:\Documents and Settings\Richard\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\OLK6Eand VistaC:\Users\Andrew\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Outlook\WQ7YTPWRThe user name is changed to yours and the thing to find out is the random folder name at the end. If you drive down through the folders in File Explorer you will get to Temporary Internet Files but you will not see any folders! Even with all the hide special folder and files settings turned off. To access the Outlook folder you need to paste the full folder string in to the address bar of File Explorer. How do you find out the name of the Outlook folder?In XP and 2000:Open an email with an attachment. Open the attachment. File > Save As or Properties will reveal the folderCopy the full folder string to File Explorer's Address Bar and then you will see all your attached documents.In Vista - Paste C:\Users\YOURNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Outlook into File Explorer and then you can see the folder.Another tip if you can't find an Address Bar in File Explorer paste the folder string in to Internet Explorer and then you will get a File Explorer view of the folder.Occasionally I have deleted files from this folder but this morning that had this effect. Deleting a file, then reopening the email and then the attachment causes the attachment to reappear in the folder. Closing the attachment and email, deletes the attachment from the folder. So is Outlook storing the file in the outlook.pst file as well? Any improvements on this process most welcome (I guess there is a registry entry with the folder name).
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