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Win Expl can't see Outlook olka6 files

By OhDee1 ·
In Win XP SP1 windows explorer will show only some of the files in the dir that Outlook 200 uses to store attachments. 'documents and settings\default\temporary internet files\olka6'.

Is this a rights issue between the rights Outlook uses and the logged in user (admin level ) rights? Help!

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by statykserver In reply to Win Expl can't see Outloo ...

I believe the outlook attachments and email contents reside in a outlook.pst file usually in this location
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

It is a compressed file that contains your mail folders and contents.

Files under the temporary internet files folder might contain some attachments downloaded from emails (also page contents viewed on the internet using internet explorer, installed programs from internet, and items downloaded from internet(even if saved to a specific directory) Some items remain after the download and some are deleted afterwards. When you view these files you are seeing all that is there.

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by OhDee1 In reply to

Thanks for the response. Mail is indeed stored in the pst, but attachements are not. Outlook creates a directory for these. If you look at attachments from the outlook client (either outgoing or incoming) they will give you the path to the temp directory, usually OLKxxx. The issue is exactly that when I look I am NOT seeing all that is there.

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by statykserver In reply to Win Expl can't see Outloo ...

I did a test on my system. First I checked the file size of the outlook.pst file I mentioned. It was 4,977 KB in size. I only had one email on that system with an attachment of firefox pr in it. Now I sent an email to the same account with another attachment (firefox 0.9.3 file names for verification purposes). After I received it in outlook I now have two emails each with an attachment. Now I checked the file size of the outlook .pst file again and now this time it was 10,185 KB in size. So I think the attachments really do reside in the outlook.pst file along with the email messages.

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by statykserver In reply to

attachments were compressed with winrar and had a .rar extenstion in case you want to give it a try

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by statykserver In reply to

I think the path to the temp directory you are seeing is just outlook using it as a temporary space as the transaction is taking place, and here is a bad analogy but kind of like when you open a microsoft word document it will also create a temporary file while you work on the original.

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by statykserver In reply to

Well put Markus, thats the Idea I was trying to get across in my comment but couldn't find the words.

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by BobHo In reply to Win Expl can't see Outloo ...

I think you are both kind of correct. There is a dirctory on the hard drive used for Outlook attachments. You can see what directory is being used (and even change it) by looking at the registry key:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\[version]\Outlook\Security]

and looking at the value for OutlookSecureTempFolder.

However, I believe that this folder only contains files of the attachments that you actually open. This would explain why all of the attachments are not in the folder (you have not actually opened all of them yet). If you simply save the attachment withtout "opening" it (like by double-clicking on it to start the application it is registered to) then a copy will not be sent to the storage folder.

Cheers,

RW

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by BobHo In reply to

BTW - when you double-click on attachments to start the appropriate application and load the file the file should be deleted when you close the application (if you have not edited it or specified to save it). If there are any files in this directory that you have not specifically saved they are left-over files that can be deleted (or moved to a different directory if you still want to save them).

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by rindi1 In reply to Win Expl can't see Outloo ...

Also Attachments are in your pst file. To be able to view them, these attachments have to be extracted from the pst file and that happens in your temporary Folder. When you close Outlook normally, those files in that temporary Folder should be deleted by the system.

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by rindi1 In reply to Win Expl can't see Outloo ...

Also Attachments are in your pst file. To be able to view them, these attachments have to be extracted from the pst file and that happens in your temporary Folder. When you close Outlook normally, those files in that temporary Folder should be deleted by the system.

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