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    storage of email attachments (OE5 / Win 98 FE)

    The default path for storage of attachments coming in with email on my computer appears to be C:/Windows/Local Settings/Temporary Internet Files/Content.IE5 and then one of four folders with names consisting of 8 alphanumeric characters.

    I received an email attachment today which was a corrupted Word document a friend wanted me to try and open. Because it was corrupted, I couldn't open it by double clicking on the file as I am usually able to do. I only discovered the default file path for storage of attachments by running the Find finction of Win Explorer, since I knew the name of the file. However, when I went to find the file where it was supposed to be, it wasn't there! Even after refreshing, it still didn't appear where Win Explorer's Find said it was.

    Then I discovered the function in OE that allows you to save attachments where you want to on the HDD, so I was able to finally access the file.

    My questions are: (1) can you change the default path for where email attachments are stored?

    (2) what ARE those oddly named folders? Do they get created each time you use the internet? Most of the 100+ files in each folder appeared to be cookies, icons, images (jpg's and gif's). Can they be safely deleted? If you choose to empty the TIF, what happens to attachments?

    BTW, I was able to open the corrupted file after posting a question on the Word forum here, and getting a couple of brilliant suggestions.

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    Re: storage of email attachments (OE5 / Win 98 FE)

    that is the temp internet cache -

    when you open a file from the mail store, it's writen to the hard drive first as an anti virus measure - express uses the temp internet folders for this. when you close the attachment, it should be deleted.

    you can't change that location - and file > save should default to my documents.

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    Re: storage of email attachments (OE5 / Win 98 FE)

    My computers all default to "My Documents", I amd running Outlook 2000 on a Windows 2000 machine and Windows XP and Outlook Express 6.0 on another.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: storage of email attachments (OE5 / Win 98 FE)

    Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools should give you the Disk Cleanup utility (although not on my PC, for some reason; but that's another story! <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15>), which will clean out the temporary internet files and other clutter. Otherwise they accumulate more and more each time you go online and eventually fill your hard drive!
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    Re: storage of email attachments (OE5 / Win 98 FE)

    they will expire and clean up themselves when the space alloted to the cache is full - from internet explorer, tools > internet options, setting button to change how much space is used. you can also clear the cache using hte delete button. Doing it this way is faster if you only want to clean up the internet temp files.

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