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Cannot create work file. Check temp environment variable

M

Mauro

#1
Message comes up "Outlook cannot create work file. Check temp environment

variable." Not Responding comes up after a few minutes
 
V

VanguardLH

#2
Mauro wrote:


> Message comes up "Outlook cannot create work file. Check temp environment
> variable." Not Responding comes up after a few minutes


Opening (rather than saving) attachments in Outlook means it has to open

*something*. Attachments are not files. They are merely long strings

of encoded data within a MIME part in the body of your e-mail (that are

presented as "attachments" in the UI for your e-mail client). The

attachment is *in* your e-mail, not some file floating out in the ether

that gets magically linked to the e-mail. Opening or saving the

attachment means decoding that long string. For any program to *use*

that attachment means to decode it and put it SOMEWHERE that the program

can access. That means the attachment gets put into a file. If you

open an attachment, Outlook decodes the attachment, saves it into a file

within Outlook's secured temporary folder, and then passes the file to

whatever is the handler designated for that filetype. When you exit the

program that loaded the temporary file, and upon proper exit of Outlook,

those temporary files are deleted. Any edits you made to them would be

to the file created under Outlook's temporary folder. If you Save the

attachment, Outlook decodes the attachment and puts that data into the

specified file. It is then up to you to load whatever program you want

to edit the file, and those edits will be saved to that file.

If you Open the attachment (which means Outlook created a temporary

file), and to see it outside of Outlook (and to whatever handler program

Outlook passed the temporary file), enter the path for Outlook's secured

temporary folder into the Address bar of Windows Explorer. To find the

folder name, look in the registry under:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\<version>\Outlook\Security

where <version> is whatever version of Outlook that you installed; e.g.,

10.0 for Office XP, 11.0 for Office 2003, and so on. The data item

named "OutlookSecureTempFolder" points to Outlook's temporary file path.

Also read:

http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/securetemp-files-folder/
 

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