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    Default location to save attachments

    In Outlook 2000, is there any way I can specify the default location where I want to save attachments to emails, like the default file locations in say Word? (If so, I can't find it.)

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    Re: Default location to save attachments

    no. it uses the my docs namespace. i recommend uses the places bar to add your attachment directory. there is a kb detailing how to hack the registry or use the places bar appp woody has. (can also hack the places bar in win2k and ME)

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    Re: Default location to save attachments

    There's a nifty little piece of freeware (which I found out about from a previous post) which allows you to set this location without having to furkle in the registry.
    You can find it at <<A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.swinc.com/products/outlookdefpath.htm>http://www.swinc.com/products/outlookdefpath.htm</A>>
    This allows you to set the default path for attachments in Outlook. It applies to saving and inserting attachments.
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    Re: Default location to save attachments

    this will change the location of the "my documents" folder for all apps, not just outlook. if you use the my documents folder on your desktop, it will point to the one set by this app.

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    Re: Default location to save attachments

    Hi MJ
    Sorry to be thick, but could you expand a little more on your last answer, please.
    I use OLDefPath which is the app from the URL I supplied.
    For the purposes of this test, I've set this to point to E:temp in Outlook so now, if I try to save an attachment or add one to a new mail, this is the folder which is displayed by default. I've closed OL and reopened to force the change.
    If I go to Word and click Open, the folder listed is E:Mydocs which is the location I set in Tools|Options|FIle Locations. OK so far.
    Then I checked the properties of the My DOcuments icon on the desktop. This is still pointing to E:Mydocs - which is where I previously pointed it and want it to be.
    So I don't understand your comment in your posting that "this will change the location of "my documents" for all apps, not just Outlook"
    What am I not understanding? <img src=/S/headthrob.gif border=0 alt=headthrob width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Default location to save attachments

    word's folder for docs is controlled by the setting in it's options. it has nothing to do with outlook's and is not controled by this utility.

    outlook uses the OSs "my documents" namespace. on every system i've used the utility on, it changed the location of the my documents namespace from the prefered location (e:docs) to whatever i set for Outlook using it. This affected the location of the default save folder for many programs except word (because word uses it's own documents folder independant of the OS) the my documents folder on my desktop no longer pointed to e:docs, it pointed to e:mail. if i change my documents to use e:docs, outlook is changed to use e:docs also.

    also, you need to close outlook for the setting to take effect.

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    Re: Default location to save attachments

    Well thanks for all the help, everyone. I decided I wouldn't try the recommended utility - instead I preferred to edit the registry setting myself at HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionExplorerUser Shell Folders which was specified in the knowledge base at Q252732. Sure enough it changed the default save location to C:Ian which was what I set. The snag is, as Mary suggests, that is now where the My Documents shortcut, in my user profile anyway, now points. (Not a bad thing, I suppose, as that's where I keep my documents!)

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    Re: Default location to save attachments

    I am suddenly unable to sent readable attachments. Using Outlook 2000 I previously attached files in a new pane just below my message using the paper clip on toolbar. Now when I click paper clip Outlook inserts file into body of message - recipients now cannot open my attachment.
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    Re: Default location to save attachments

    Hi, RJC. What message format are you using? If not plain text, try plain text. HTML causes problems for a few, and RTF causes problems for many. (I use the Format menu when I am in the message to change between the different options. The default is set on the Mail Format tab of the Options dialog.)

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    Re: Default location to save attachments

    Just changed from rtf to text format. Will try sending.
    Thanks,

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    Re: Default location to save attachments

    OK - Got it now. <img src=/S/bingo.gif border=0 alt=bingo width=15 height=22>
    My office apps suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) still points to E:Mydocs. Outlook points at E:Temp which is where I pointed it with OLDefPath. The big difference, however, is that now I have restarted the PC, the My Documents desktop icon points at E:Temp. (It wasn't pointing here when I posted my request for further details, even though I had closed Outlook and restarted that to make the OLDefPath change apply; it would seem that the My Documents reference is set up during PC startup.)
    Thanks for your patience <img src=/S/exclamation.gif border=0 alt=exclamation width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Default location to save attachments

    change from rtf to text worked - just thought you should know. Thanks
    BTW I use Outlook Express with my @Home/Excite mail - and want to keep it. When I recently switched to Outlook 2000 for my main mail I imported my Address Book from Express. Problem now is that every time I want to send mail from address book it defaults to Express and not Outlook 2000. Any way to fix this? I do want to retain both Express and 2000. Thanks in advance,
    Bob

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