Change Default Directory when attach or save files of emails

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Eniac Blast

How can I change the default path when I attach or save attachments? I tried this key but this key is only used when I use File > Save As.

Sally Tang


We can change the default save as folder by the steps below:


Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs.

1. In Windows XP, click Start, and click Run. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.

In Windows Vista/Windows 7, click Start, in the Search box, type regedit and press Enter.

2. Locate the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

3. Double-click Personal in the right pane.

4. Change the value to the path you want. For example:
C:\My Attachments, would set the location to the My Attachments folder.
%USERPROFILE%\My Documents, would set it to the My Documents folder on a computer that had more than one user profile.

5. On the Registry menu, click Exit.

6. Restart Outlook.

When you open a new mail message and attach a file, the Insert File dialog box opens to the folder you have specified.

For more information, you can refer to this KB article:

How to set the default attachment folder in Outlook

Best Regards,

Sally Tang
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