Outlook: Uniquely identifying attachments in selection

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Wardy

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Outlook 2010 32 bit
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Hi All,

I wondered if it is possible to specifically identify two or more email attachments that are exactly the same from a selection of emails.

For example, if you receive an email with an attachment from a person, which you then forward to another person without editing at all, you know that both the email in your inbox and the sent item would contain the same attachment.

You would of thought this could be identified by Name / Size etc, but when you forward / copy & reply with the same attachment, for some reason the size can change on occasion. Perhaps this is something to do with how attachments are handled on the server?

The reason behind my asking is that I am using VBA code that goes through a selection of emails and prints the first page of each email and the attachment if there is one. As you can imagine, in some email chains you may end up having more than 10 emails with the same attachment and where this is the case I don't want to print the attachment 10 times.

As mentioned above I've tried filtering this out by checking the attachment name and size and even gone as far as to use the .PropertyAccessor to return details such as the Record Key etc, but even this does not always remain consistent across attachments that are supposedly the same.

I suspect that because of the way Outlook handles attachments, what I am trying to achieve is not possible, but if anyone has any ideas / suggestions, it would be appreciated!

Using Outlook 2010 Pro Plus | Exchange Server.

Thanks,

Matt
 
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