How-To: Stripping attachments from Microsoft Outlook.

If you just don’t have enough time in the day to sort through all your mails and file each attachment (I’m sure everyone can relate), Colin Kurrant suggests a macro that strips attachments from your emails, saves them to a folder in your My Documents directory, and inserts a hyperlink pointing to the saved attachment:

Note: Before using this macro, please store all important attachments, run it on a message containing an attachment of low importance and check the macro is working properly. Use this macro at your own discretion and risk, and ensure that you do not overwrite files with the same name.

  1. In your My Documents folder, create a folder named “OLAttachments
  2. In Outlook, go to Tools > Macro > Macros
  3. In the Macro name box, type a name for your macro, e.g. SaveAttachments (no spaces) and click Create.
  4. Paste the following code into the code window of the module:

    Public Sub SaveAttachments()
    Dim objOL As Outlook.Application
    Dim objMsg As Outlook.MailItem ‘Object
    Dim objAttachments As Outlook.Attachments
    Dim objSelection As Outlook.Selection
    Dim i As Long
    Dim lngCount As Long
    Dim strFile As String
    Dim strFolderpath As String
    Dim strDeletedFiles As String
    ‘ Get the path to your My Documents folder
    strFolderpath = CreateObject(“WScript.Shell”).SpecialFolders(16)
    On Error Resume Next‘ Instantiate an Outlook Application object.
    Set objOL = CreateObject(“Outlook.Application”)
    ‘ Get the collection of selected objects.
    Set objSelection = objOL.ActiveExplorer.Selection

    ‘ Set the Attachment folder.
    strFolderpath = strFolderpath & “\OLAttachments\”

    ‘MsgBox strFolderpath

    ‘ Check each selected item for attachments.
    ‘ If attachments exist, save them to the Temp
    ‘ folder and strip them from the item.
    For Each objMsg In objSelection
    ‘ This code only strips attachments from mail items.
    ‘ If objMsg.class=olMail Then
    ‘ Get the Attachments collection of the item.
    Set objAttachments = objMsg.Attachments
    lngCount = objAttachments.Count

    ‘MsgBox objAttachments.Count

    If lngCount > 0 Then
    ‘ We need to use a count down loop for
    ‘ removing items from a collection. Otherwise,
    ‘ the loop counter gets confused and only every
    ‘ other item is removed.
    For i = lngCount To 1 Step -1
    ‘ Save attachment before deleting from item.
    ‘ Get the file name.
    strFile = objAttachments.Item(i).FileName
    ‘ Combine with the path to the Temp folder.
    strFile = strFolderpath & strFile
    ‘ Save the attachment as a file.
    objAttachments.Item(i).SaveAsFile strFile
    ‘ Delete the attachment.
    ‘write the save as path to a string to add to the message
    ‘check for html and use html tags in link
    If objMsg.BodyFormat <> olFormatHTML Then
    strDeletedFiles = strDeletedFiles & vbCrLf & “<file://” & strFile & “>”
    strDeletedFiles = strDeletedFiles & “<br>” & “<a href=’file://” & _
    strFile & “‘>” & strFile & “</a>”
    End If

    ‘MsgBox strDeletedFiles

    Next i
    ‘ End If
    ‘ Adds the filename string to the message body and save it
    ‘ Check for HTML body

    If objMsg.BodyFormat <> olFormatHTML Then
    objMsg.Body = objMsg.Body & vbCrLf & _
    “The file(s) were saved to ” & strDeletedFiles
    objMsg.HTMLBody = objMsg.HTMLBody & “<p>” & _
    “The file(s) were saved to ” & strDeletedFiles
    End If


    End If

    Set objAttachments = Nothing
    Set objMsg = Nothing
    Set objSelection = Nothing
    Set objOL = Nothing
    End Sub

  5. From the File menu, click Close and return to Outlook
  6. To add a button for this macro, go to View > Toolbars and select the toolbar you want to display
  7. On the toolbar, click the Toolbar Options arrow, point to Toolbars and click the toolbar you want to display
  8. On the toolbar, click the Toolbar Options arrow, point to Add or Remove buttons and click Customize.
  9. In the Commands tab, in the categories list, click Macros
  10. In the Commands list,. click the name of the SaveAttachments macro you added and drag it to the displayed toolbar
  11. In the Customize dialog box, click Close
  12. To use this macro, from the Messages view, select a message and
    – Press Alt + F8, select the macro name and click Run OR
    – Click the button you created for this macro

Thanks to Colin Kurrant for this tip


2 Responses

  1. […] How-To: Stripping attachments from Microsoft Outlook. […]

  2. Well .. Ive cut and paste it exactly and when i run it .. i get the following error:

    Compile Error: Syntax Error

    and have the following line highlighted:

    Dim objMsg As Outlook.MailItem ‘Object

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