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    Definition of an 'Attachment' (Outlook 2003)

    I'm creating my own rules to handle the spam I receive.

    One rule takes any email from someone not in my Contact lists, with an attachment, and send it to a separate folder. I can then examine them at my leisure.

    I expected this to be a relatively lightly used rule, but it seems to fill up each day with a lot of junk.

    Some of them, I would have expected to be in this folder, but, most of these emails do NOT have attachments in the way I understand it (paper clip showing attached file). I have verified that it is this particular rule that is sending these emails there. As it happens, so far, I think that all of these "quasi attachment" emails are in fact junk, so by default, I am getting what I want.

    However I do not understand why it is catching so many emails. Can anyone explain the definition of an "attachment" as far as Outlook 03 is concerned.

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    Re: Definition of an 'Attachment' (Outlook 2003)

    My guess follows. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> There are four Types of Attachments in the VBA object model, olByValue (1), olByReference (4), olEmbeddedItem (5), or olOLE (6). The last two two kinds of attachments do not have filenames, and do not show as attachments in the message window, rather, they appear as message content (such things as an embedded spreadsheet, or graphics). I expect that you are getting a lot of HTML messages with embedded graphics, and these are triggering your Rules. (I have a brief macro which pulls out Embedded objects, which I use when someone send me an embedded spreadsheet as a table in the message, and I want to save the spreadsheet.)
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    Re: Definition of an 'Attachment' (Outlook 2003)

    THat sounds exactly what I want to know.

    I've just checked and every message had a graphic as part of the message.

    As I said, the net result I am happy with, but I like to understand what is happening.

    Thanks for your help.


    Colin

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