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    Setting the Default Attach File Folder in Outlook 2007

    If I launch Outlook, compose an email, and click the Attach File icon, Outlook looks in the \My Documents\Word folder. I would like to set the default folder to \My Documents. In theory, this is what the default folder should be since my registry under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders\ under Personal is set to %USERPROFILE%\My Documents (see http://suppport.microsoft.com/kb/252732).

    Why does Outlook insist on defaulting to \My Documents\Word instead of \My Documents and how do I fix this?

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    What operating system do you use? On windows 7, Outlook 2007 file attach defaults to Libraries\Documents.

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    My operating system is Windows XP. All updates and service packs are up to date. It's mildly frustrating that Microsoft's own support site has published a document, KB252732, that addresses this issue but Outlook is not working in the way described in the publication. I have checked the registry and it's entries are correct.

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    I can't check since I don't have Outlook 2007 on an XP system but I would be surprised if the My Documents/word folder is created by default. Did you create it? Just for grins, what is the Word default save location in Microsoft Word > Office button > Save > Default File Location?

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    See how to configure the default folders that are used by Outlook 2003 and by Outlook 2007 when you save e-mail messages and attachments. Not sure if it will apply attaching files.

    I also found this in another thread:

    If you are looking for a way to change the default "LOOK IN" location for attachments. Here is the solution. When Microsoft wrote Office 2007 they made the default file "LOOK IN" location transparent between OUTLOOK 2007 and WORD 2007.
    To change the default "LOOK IN" location for outlook attachments, simply open WORD click on the left "OFFICE BUTTON" drop down to "WORD OPTIONS" and Click on the "SAVE" tab. Then in "DEFAULT FILE LOCATION" choose the place you want to get your attchements you are wanting to send from.
    This fixes the need for the default "LOOK IN" location for Outlook 2007, but it also sets the default file location of WORD 2007 to be the same. Kinda dumb, but this is the fix people are looking for.


    Joe

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