Saving emails without attachments

Jeanie D asks: "Do you know of any method for saving an email without its attachment? Something simpler than my current work-around of Reply, address the reply to myself, send it, and save that "copy" (which loses the benefit of the "from" field)?"

Saving emails without their attachments is not something I've often needed to do but there is a quicker workaround as follows:

  1. Double click the desired email so it opens in its own window

  2. Right-click on the attachment you want to remove and selected Remove from the menu

  3. Close the message and select OK to save changes

  4. Now file the email where you wish to store it permanently.

That's a lot more efficient that resending the email to yourself. Of course, in Outlook there are always several ways to achieve the same end goal. You could buy and install an add-on tool like Rsbr Software's Outlook Attachment Sniffer which adds additional attachment handling functionality to Outlook. There's a free 30 day trial so you could test it out and decide if it's worth the money. Many other similar tools are available. Or if you don't want to part with any cash you could try compiling a simple macro in VBA to do this for you. If you've got that 'Friday Fun Feeling' there's a sample of code (not tested) to play with that I found on Sue Mosher's excellent OutlookCode website. Good luck!

Comments (3)

  1. Anonymous says:

    On a related subject to my previous post (Saving emails without Attachments) one other Microsoft Outlook…

  2. Allister_Frost says:

    Blake Handler just sent me a nice piece of code all the way from Nicola Delfino’s italian blog at Give it a try!

  3. Jeanie D says:

    Just that simple right-click functionality is all I really need…and it was a definite "duh!" moment. Thanks, Allister!

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