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Forgotten Attachment Detector saves you from stupid email oversights

You know that sheepish feeling you get when you have to resend an email because you forgot its attachment? BNET's Dave Johnson has found a remedy.

You know that sheepish feeling you get when you have to resend an email because you forgot its attachment? BNET's Dave Johnson has found a remedy.


Note: This article is based on an entry in BNET's Business Hacks blog.

Given the number of times I've told you about tools and tricks to avoid sending a message without its attachment, you might think me somewhat obsessive. But I've finally found the Holy Grail of attachment detectors for Outlook: Forgotten Attachment Detector is the ultimate tool for preventing embarrassing email foibles.

Forgotten Attachment Detector plugs into Outlook 2007 and offers exactly what I've been looking for: Flexible settings that scan your email for a variety of terms (like "find attached," "have attached," and "see attached") rather than one catch-all keyword like "attached." The program is preconfigured with a slew of smart attachment-related keywords, but you can add your own, allowing you to truly personalize the program to your particular email style.

The program also checks what it calls "secondary keywords," like "attaching" and "enclosing." These secondary terms won't sound the alarm unless accompanied by a neighboring term like "doc" or "file." These terms, too, are fully configurable. Think it's all needlessly complicated for a utility that simply warns you about forgotten attachments? Not at all. This app elegantly avoids false positives, which would otherwise lead you to turn it off out of sheer annoyance.

And last but not least, Forgotten Attachment Detector also (optionally) warns you if you try to send the message with a blank subject line.

I've written before about avoiding blank subject lines and forgotten attachments, but I have to ask: Is Forgotten Attachment Detector married? Because I'm in love.

Maybe I need to get out more.


Over the past 20 years, Dave Johnson has written three dozen books (including the best-selling How to Do Everything with Your Digital Camera), co-hosted a weekly call-in radio show, and covered technology for a long list of magazines that include PC World and Wired. As his neighbors can attest, he also plays drums.

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