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Windows 7: Previewing or attaching Outlook 2010 attachment saves it on desktop

10 Feb 2017   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1

I think what you have done is change the Save As command that you would use to save an attachment from an incoming email.

Now instead of saving the attachment to My Documents in your Document Library it is saving it to the Desktop.

Have a look at this MS website which was linked from the MS blog site in your first Post.

If you carefully read through all of it paying attention to the directions carefully you should be able to get it to work properly. I think where it talks about Office you need to use 14 for 2010.

When you get to the bottom it instructs you to insert where you want the Outlook Attachment stored. This should be a folder in your Documents Library, so you can find it easily, it should not be on the Desktop.

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11 Feb 2017   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Yes I wanted to change the Save As location to the Windows desktop, and I did that by following the instructions on the blog page you mention. I followed through to the last steps to create a new string value in the registry and set the DefaultPath value to the desktop. Later to stop the attachment files from saving to the desktop, I deleted the string value I had added in the registry. I expected this to make Outlook go back to its default Save As location, but the attachment files continue to appear on the desktop. So, if you are saying to add a new string value to make what the Outlook's default action should be doing, then I have to say that I am now apprehensive to fiddle with the registry again after having caused a problem the first time. I shall try removing and reinstalling Outlook 2010 to see if that adds the default behavior back to Outlook. I understand that installing a software adds the related registry entries. If that is true then I am hoping that the installation of Outlook 2010 should fix the problem.

I shall appreciate if someone can tell me the easiest way to back up the registry and then to restore it. I am wondering if the Export/Import functions in the registry editor will do it.
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11 Feb 2017   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1

This MS website should help you with backing up the Registry.
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