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    Datestamp of saved attachments

    I think this is a Windows issue, not an Outlook one. I use Outlook 2003, and Windows XP SP2. If I get an attachment to an email and save it to a folder on my PC, it is date stamped with the time and date I saved it, not with the date and time of the original file. Is there a way of making Windows behave differently and retaining the original information? (A practical reason to do that might be that I could email myself say a Word document from work. If there is already a version of the document in the folder I want to save the attachment to, it would be nice to get the dialog box about do you want to replace this file with that one to reliably show the right datestamp of the proposed replacement for comparison with the existing file in the folder. Also I might want to compare versions with someone else and be able to say "the one I have is dated 20 March at 18:25 pm", or whatever.)

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    Re: Datestamp of saved attachments

    Unfortunately, this behavior is hard coded in Windows.

    However, you can change date and time stamps ("created", "modified" and "accessed"), using third-party utility as

    FileDate Changer v1.1 - it is <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>.

    I understand this is not exactly what you want...

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    Re: Datestamp of saved attachments

    In addition to kaplinb's reply: neither the Outlook nor the CDO (MAPI) object model expose a modified date or created date for the Attachment object. Although this is not conclusive, it is an indication that these properties are not stored in the e-mail. (It might well be different for e-mails that stay within the same Exchange server.)

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    Re: Datestamp of saved attachments

    Thanks - interesting to know there is such a utility, although as you say it's not quite what I hoped for.

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    Re: Datestamp of saved attachments

    There's also, http://www.petges.com - Attribute Changer. While this does not solve your problem either it is another option.

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    Re: Datestamp of saved attachments

    With regard to the validity of timestamps in Windows, if you have the enthusiasm I reckon it is worth reading Windows File Date and Time.

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    Re: Datestamp of saved attachments

    Probably not ideal either, but for Word documents, is there some macro that would fire when you save the document (from within Word) that would add the current date and time to (say) the comments field in the document's properties?

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