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    Default folder for attachments (Office 97/Outlook 98)

    In O98 whenever I click the paperclip button (or use the Menu <<insert file>>) the dialogue box opens at C:windowspersonal. 999 times out of a thousand I need to browse to 'my' folder in a subdirectory of one of the network drives.
    I asked our IT experts to change the default to the network drive folder. They decided that the only way to change this is by editing the registry file. Since they have disabled my ability to change this file they tried to do it for me. As I watched they added or edited the appropriate line and said that should work. It didn't.

    Does anyone have an idea on how this 'minor irritation' can be fixed?

    Many thanks in advance

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    Re: Default folder for attachments (Office 97/Outlook 98)

    A quick search through the Outlook forum threw up <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=out&Number=55362&page=&view =&sb=&o=&vc=1>Post 55362</A> - MaryJ's link to the utilities and instructions for editing the registry may be of assistance.

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    Re: Default folder for attachments (Office 97/Outlook 98)

    If you find no other way, put a shortcut in there so you can navigate with one double-click.

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    Re: Default folder for attachments (Office 97/Outlook 98)

    Many thanks Leif

    I did do a quick search myself but failed to get any hits. I guess it's a question of asking the right questions!
    I think I will try jscher2000's idea of using a shortcut rather than hacking my registry file - If BG had wanted us to edit this file he would have given us wings ... (or something like that)

    Bowlie

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    Re: Default folder for attachments (Office 97/Outlook 98)

    Jscher2000!

    Now why didn't I think of that. What an elegant solution - I can use as many shortcuts as I need an be able to jump exactly where I want. Give that man a chocolate cigar! (or a beer!).

    Many many thanks
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    Re: Default folder for attachments (Office 97/Outlook 98)

    especially since hacking the registry changes the location for my documents - for all programs.

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    Re: Default folder for attachments (Office 97/Outlook 98)

    Thanks for this MaryJ, but ...

    If I change my Word defaults (Tools|Options|File Locations) it has no effect on Outlook. Why? Doesn't my update of Word (or of excel) change the registry? Sorry but I am very confused.

    Bowlie

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    Re: Default folder for attachments (Office 97/Outlook 98)

    those are different locations and use a different registry key. outlook doesn't have it's own registry key - it uses the OS's my documents location.

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