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    Changing default Save location for attachments? (OE 6)

    Does anyone know if there's a way to change Outlook Express' default location for saving attachments? I generally save attachments by rightclicking the paperclip icon in the preview pane and the default location is My Documents. I'd like to change it to the Desktop.

    Many thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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    Re: Changing default Save location for attachments? (OE 6)

    <img src=/S/jollyroger.gif border=0 alt=jollyroger width=29 height=18><IMG SRC=http://www.wopr.com/w3tuserpics/cowboydawg_sig.gif> <img src=/S/jollyroger.gif border=0 alt=jollyroger width=29 height=18>

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    Re: Changing default Save location for attachments? (OE 6)

    Hi, Cowboy ~

    That link is for Outlook. <img src=/S/bingo.gif border=0 alt=bingo width=15 height=22> <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Changing default Save location for attachments? (OE 6)

    Sorry. The Home page said OE also. OH well I tried.
    <img src=/S/jollyroger.gif border=0 alt=jollyroger width=29 height=18><IMG SRC=http://www.wopr.com/w3tuserpics/cowboydawg_sig.gif> <img src=/S/jollyroger.gif border=0 alt=jollyroger width=29 height=18>

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    Re: Changing default Save location for attachments? (OE 6)

    Hi, Abraham ~

    Typically it is advised against using the 'Preview Pane' as it can be a vehicle to launch malicious code. To disable:<UL><LI>'View' > 'Layout...'<LI>Uncheck 'Show preview pane header'<LI>Uncheck 'Show preview pane'<LI>'Apply' > 'OK'[/list]With the advent of the Cumulative Update for Outlook Express 6.0 SP1, one of the issues fixed is the saving of the user-determined default attachment save location path. Please peruse the link to determine your version and to obtain the latest if you do not have it.

    To change your default location to the desktop:<UL><LI>Simply open your e-mail, right-click the attachment in the 'Attach:' section<LI>Or use 'File' > 'Save Attachments...' if you have multiples<LI>Browse to your desktop and save <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>[/list]From there on out your default location will be the desktop and will be saved in the registry as such until you change it.

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    Re: Changing default Save location for attachments? (OE 6)

    Hi,

    Bummer about the preview pane! I use that a lot. I've always assumed that if I keep my virus defs religiously up-to-date, which I do, and use a firewall, which I do, that nothing could be launched from viewing in the preview pane. Am I wrong about this? I sure would like to keep using it if there's any safe way to do so.

    Re the default save location: I do have OE 6.0 SP1 installed, but OE still can't remember where I want my attachments to be stored. I find this is true whether I try to save the attachment from the preview pane or by opening the specific email message and choosing File-Save Attachments. Any suggestions?

    And thanks to all for the help! This is a great forum.

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    Re: Changing default Save location for attachments? (OE 6)

    Hi Cowboy,

    Thanks for the effort though!

    Abraham

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    Re: Changing default Save location for attachments? (OE 6)

    Hi, Abraham ~

    <small>
    <hr> if I keep my virus defs religiously up-to-date, which I do, and use a firewall, which I do, that nothing could be launched from viewing in the preview pane. Am I wrong about this?<hr>
    </small> A common assumption, Abraham, but not correct. Please see any one of these links for further explanation.
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    <hr>I do have OE 6.0 SP1 installed, but OE still can't remember where I want my attachments to be stored.<hr>
    </small>Yes, but did you read through the MSKB link I provided? You need to have the Q331923 cumulative patch that brings you up to version 6.00.2600.1123 for OE6 SP1. You will then be able to remember the default save location by right-clicking the attachment as I have outlined above.

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    Re: Changing default Save location for attachments? (OE 6)

    Hi Bruce,

    Thanks for the fast response. I guess I'll have to abandon the preview pane. Sigh.

    Re OE remembering where to save attachments: yes, I'm running OE version 6.00.2800.1123, as specified in the link you pointed me towards. Still no luck. Any ideas?

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    Re: Changing default Save location for attachments? (OE 6)

    Hi, Abraham ~

    Have you attempted and completed at least one attachment save? Try this please:<UL><LI>Close all instances of IE and OE<LI>Open OE and open an e-mail with an attachment<LI>Right-click the attachment in the 'Attach:' section and select 'Save as...'<LI>At the top of the new window, select 'Desktop' from the 'Save in' drop-down box<LI>Click the 'Save' button at the bottom<LI>Close the e-mail<LI>Open another e-mail with an attachment<LI>Right-click the attachment in the 'Attach:' section and select 'Save as...'<LI>The 'Save in' box at the top of the window will now show 'Desktop' automatically[/list]If you follow this and it does not work, then the only other thing I would suggest is to install this April update as it includes the functionality of all previously released OE patches in addition to all previously addressed security vulnerabilities.

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    Re: Changing default Save location for attachments? (OE 6)

    Hi Abraham, I sympathise with you re the preview pane, and whilst using it myself I know I am putting my machine at a slightly higher risk by doing so. However, I have a rule in OE that runs before all others, moving absolutely anything that has an attachment to a separate folder called 'Attachments'. Whenever something appears in there, I switch off the preview pane before going to this folder.

    I know this isn't a fix, merely another layer of protection, but I personally am not willing to give up the preview pane just yet! I've no doubt someday soon someone will find a way of launching code from html without needing an attachment, but until then ...

    It's up to you whether you consider it's worth the risk!

    HTH
    Beryl M


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