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    Attachments (XP etc.)

    Can someone recommend a good tutorial on editing Outlook Attachments - not how to edit but to manage the process. For example today I received a Word document with a request that I make my suggested edits in Revisions Mode. I double clicked on icon, opened word and did some editing. Saved the doc (I think this gets saved to a temporary file). Now if I reply to the original e-mail the attachment gets lost. But I don't want to forward the e-mail reinserting the originators address - I want to get all those that were CC'd on the original. So I open a second copy of the original e-mail - hit reply to all, minimise window, open first copy of e-mail, minimise its window and then drag icon from 1st to 2nd copy. I then double click on copied icon (just to make sure the correct version of the doc is being send), close that window and hit send.

    All of this is too complicated - there must be a better way <img src=/S/please.gif border=0 alt=please width=31 height=23> <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>

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    Re: Attachments (XP etc.)

    I try never to alter original messages or their attachments, so I would first right-click>Save As... (or File>Save Attachments) to a working folder and then edit there and attach to the reply from there.

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    Re: Attachments (XP etc.)

    I agree, and MOST replies will drop the original attachment(s).

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

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    Re: Attachments (XP etc.)

    There are MSKB Articles here:

    OL2000
    http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/ar...s/q249/7/93.asp

    OL2002
    http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/ar...s/q296/1/15.asp

    Using these, you will be able always to have your attachments automaticaly open in the same (traceable) directory. Thus, you will be able to maintain version control over them.

    Make sure that you don't choose something confusing like the My Documents folder! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Attachments (XP etc.)

    The vast majority of the times I do this it is with docs that are deeply 'in progress'. Not only do I not want to have multiple, different, versions of the same thing I want to try and reduce some of the clutter in my folders. Storage space is cheap, but I don't want to waste the time six months later trying to clean out all of the kludge. Since the work I am doing is is revisions mode I can almost always get back to were I started from.

    With other docs I do save first.

    Your answer hints that some replies will not drop original attachments - Is this a feature, or a bug? and how do I turn it on.

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    Re: Attachments (XP etc.)

    Thanks for this. Our IT people have disabled our ability to change registry keys. I'll ask them to do it for me but, ...

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    Re: Attachments (XP etc.)

    I find it very annoying that Outlook does not have a "Reply with Attachments" option, especially considering that Office XP+ has that e-mail attachment-edit version-system capability built into Outlook. (The one that everyone turns off.) I'd write one, but I haven't learned how to properly implement form-specific menus in Outlook yet. (Anyone got any source for that?)

    What I usally do is forward the att, which leaves the To: and CC: fields blank, and then cut and paste the To: and CC: names from the source e-mail text (I laways keep the source e-mail as part of a forwarded or reply e-mail). Tedious.

    Notwithstanding the warnings from Jefferson and DaveA, I frequently edit attachments without saving them locally, and once in a while I get burned by not saving them, but not often. However, I perform those edits -with- the registry temporary file redirection that HansV describes, so I don't have a problem with running out of TIF space.
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    Re: Attachments (XP etc.)

    Hi John,
    Not skiing this weekend - its been much too warm. A few (high) resorts are open, but the road to Verbier is still 1/2 closed (one lane only around the avalanche - they have traffic lights on a 15 min cycle). May try out Chamonix or Argentire tomorrow. They should be open and mostly motorway to get there.

    Now with a bit of luck one of those Outlook wizards will either give us a bit of code or point us to a post where we can initiate a reply-with-attachment. It certainly would make my life easier. I've tried the forward and copy e-mail addresses but, as you note, you need to have both windows open to be able to copy the actual address. It's not intuative and I keep thinking I'm making a mistake.

    Oh well, to the gods of Outlook and MS Office we beseach you ... grant us a bounty of your wisdom [evil grin]

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    Re: Attachments (XP etc.)

    Hmm, seems like a very good idea, however the KB article though referring to Outlook 2002 (XP) only shows that it is for Wndows 98, NT, and 2000. Nothing about Windows XP Pro. ANy other suggestions?

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    Re: Attachments (XP etc.)

    The 2002 KB shows examples of the Registry string for those earlier OS's, but the first Registry tree provided in the article

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice10.0Outloo kSecurity

    -IS- the tree for the XP OS. Try it.
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