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    Bruiser72 Guest

    where are attachments saved to?

    I was just working on an excel received as an attachment and I clicked "save"
    in excel and closed the file. I was expecting the attachment to be updated as
    per Outlook, but it wasn't.

    Any idea what mail did when I clicked "save"? I've tried searching the
    machine for the file but no luck...

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    Re: where are attachments saved to?

    From Excel, it is saved in C:\Windows\System32. But it will not be easy to find it there because this is a giant folder. Hopefully you have the name. Else, do a search for .xls or .xlsx in the system32 folder.
    In the future, use "Save as" - then you can define the storage folder yourself.

    Last edited by whs; 08 Sep 2009 at 01:48 PM.
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    Gary VanderMolen Guest

    Re: where are attachments saved to?

    NEVER edit an important attachment while opened via the mail client.
    Attachments are opened/saved in your Temporary Internet Files folder
    under a very cryptic name. It would be like looking for a needle in a
    haystack, although the date/time stamp might provide a clue.

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    "Bruiser72" <Bruiser72@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:C7511FF1-1945-45DA-9AAD-621879A4897A@xxxxxx

    >I was just working on an excel received as an attachment and I clicked "save"
    > in excel and closed the file. I was expecting the attachment to be updated as
    > per Outlook, but it wasn't.
    >
    > Any idea what mail did when I clicked "save"? I've tried searching the
    > machine for the file but no luck...

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    Dave Guest

    Re: where are attachments saved to?

    You should always always always always save the attachment to disk, close
    the email, go to the saved file, then open it, if you want to edit it.

    The file is probably located in a folder somewhere in
    C:\Users\(youraccount)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet
    Files\Content.IE5

    \AppData is normally hidden
    \Temporary Internet Files is normally a hidden protected Operating System
    file

    You'll have to remove the checkmark (if they're hidden) in Windows Explorer:
    Organize - Folder & Search Options - View



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    "Bruiser72" <Bruiser72@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:C7511FF1-1945-45DA-9AAD-621879A4897A@xxxxxx

    > I was just working on an excel received as an attachment and I clicked
    > "save"
    > in excel and closed the file. I was expecting the attachment to be updated
    > as
    > per Outlook, but it wasn't.
    >
    > Any idea what mail did when I clicked "save"? I've tried searching the
    > machine for the file but no luck...

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    Re: where are attachments saved to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gary VanderMolen View Post
    NEVER edit an important attachment while opened via the mail client.
    Attachments are opened/saved in your Temporary Internet Files folder
    under a very cryptic name. It would be like looking for a needle in a
    haystack, although the date/time stamp might provide a clue.

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    "Bruiser72" <Bruiser72@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:C7511FF1-1945-45DA-9AAD-621879A4897A@xxxxxx
    >I was just working on an excel received as an attachment and I clicked "save"
    > in excel and closed the file. I was expecting the attachment to be updated as
    > per Outlook, but it wasn't.
    >
    > Any idea what mail did when I clicked "save"? I've tried searching the
    > machine for the file but no luck...
    The way I understood the OP, he saved the file from within Excel. Do you think they are then still saved in a temporary internet file? I am not certain.

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    Ron Sommer Guest

    Re: where are attachments saved to?



    "whs" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
    news:77f09cba61e215e1429d83ae2fe66a24@xxxxxx-gateway.com...

    >
    > Gary VanderMolen;1131066 Wrote:

    >> NEVER edit an important attachment while opened via the mail client.
    >> Attachments are opened/saved in your Temporary Internet Files folder
    >> under a very cryptic name. It would be like looking for a needle in a
    >> haystack, although the date/time stamp might provide a clue.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (Mail)
    >> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/VanderMolen
    >>
    >>
    >> "Bruiser72" <Bruiser72@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:C7511FF1-1945-45DA-9AAD-621879A4897A@xxxxxx> > >

    >> > >I was just working on an excel received as an attachment and I clicked
    >> > "save"
    >> > > in excel and closed the file. I was expecting the attachment to be
    >> > updated as
    >> > > per Outlook, but it wasn't.
    >> > >
    >> > > Any idea what mail did when I clicked "save"? I've tried searching
    >> > the
    >> > > machine for the file but no luck... > >
    >
    > The way I understood the OP, he saved the file from within Excel. Do
    > you think they are then still saved in a temporary internet file? I am
    > not certain.
    >
    >
    > --
    > whs
    Excel is the default program for opening excel files. Temporary Internet
    Files is the default attachment storage folder. Excel will save back to the
    open location unless you do a Save As. It is still best to save the file
    before editing, so any auto saves will be to the desired location.
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    Michael Santovec Guest

    Re: where are attachments saved to?

    The updated document was saved to the IE Temporary Internet Files (TIF).
    That's where WLM saves a temporary copy of attachments when you open
    them from within WLM.

    You cannot update an attachment within a WLM message. You need to save
    the attachment and then open it, or if you open it from within WLM, you
    need to use the File, Save As option in the application to save the
    updates to some place other than the TIF.

    There is chance that the updated attachment is still in the TIF.

    Any attachments, if they are still there, will Not show if you look at
    the TIF from IE or the Windows Explorer normally. On Win XP You will be
    able to see them if you use Start, Run and enter the command:

    %userprofile%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\
    or
    C:\Documents and Settings\XXXX\Local Settings\Temporary Internet
    Files\Content.IE5\

    where XXXX is the Windows user. This assumes that you have not moved
    the TIF. You can check the actual location by looking in IE at Tools,
    Internet Options, General, Temporary Internet Files, Settings. The
    \Content.IE5\ at the end is import or else you won't be able to see all
    the files. You should see 4 folders with names such as A1B2C3D4.
    You'll need to look in each folder for the missing files. The Search
    function won't work.

    An alternate access method is to open a Command Prompt window and use
    "DOS" commands to locate and copy the file elsewhere. If you start at
    the folder above the TIF and use the command
    DIR /A /S *.XLS
    (or whatever the file extension is) it will indicate if the file is
    still there. You'll need to use a COPY command to copy the file
    elsewhere. This will be cumbersome because of the peculiar folder
    names.


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    "Bruiser72" <Bruiser72@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:C7511FF1-1945-45DA-9AAD-621879A4897A@xxxxxx

    > I was just working on an excel received as an attachment and I clicked
    > "save"
    > in excel and closed the file. I was expecting the attachment to be
    > updated as
    > per Outlook, but it wasn't.
    >
    > Any idea what mail did when I clicked "save"? I've tried searching
    > the
    > machine for the file but no luck...


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    Re: where are attachments saved to?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Sommer View Post
    "whs" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > Gary VanderMolen;1131066 Wrote:
    >> NEVER edit an important attachment while opened via the mail client.
    >> Attachments are opened/saved in your Temporary Internet Files folder
    >> under a very cryptic name. It would be like looking for a needle in a
    >> haystack, although the date/time stamp might provide a clue.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (Mail)
    >> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/VanderMolen
    >>
    >>
    >> "Bruiser72" <Bruiser72@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:C7511FF1-1945-45DA-9AAD-621879A4897A@xxxxxx> > >
    >
    > The way I understood the OP, he saved the file from within Excel. Do
    > you think they are then still saved in a temporary internet file? I am
    > not certain.
    >
    >
    > --
    > whs
    Excel is the default program for opening excel files. Temporary Internet
    Files is the default attachment storage folder. Excel will save back to the
    open location unless you do a Save As. It is still best to save the file
    before editing, so any auto saves will be to the desired location.
    --
    Ron Sommer
    MVP-Mail

    Thanks for clarifying that. I learned something - also from the explanation that Michael posted.

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