(500pts if solution found.) how to do an "e-mail find file" when the search phrase is inside e-mail ATTACHMENTS (.xls .doc)
Posted on 2003-03-29
I need an "e-mail find file" that works when the search phrase is inside e-mail ATTACHMENTS (.xls .doc)
I've asked this question before and really think it is impossible. But I'm an optimist, so I am going to ask again. If you try to find an answer and fail, I'll give you 100 points for trying.
But please, only respond if you really think you can help me out here. I am not a newbie. (I've been a computer programmer for 30 years and using PCs for 15 years.) For instance, don't say "Bob, here is a list of e-mail utilities from google—check them out one of them ought to work."
Here are the details.
I have an outlook express folder with 2 years of e-mails.
I know I sent someone a message part of which said "angel food cake is great", but who was it? I start by using the Find tool and outlook express looks in all of the e-mail messages.
Unfortunately, about 30% of mye-mail messages simply say "Please review the attached Word 2000 and Excel documents".
Outlook Express and Outlook both seem to ignore the attachments when Finding e-mails.
I am willing to live with a cumbersome, "outside the box" solution. For instance, I've tried selecting a folder full of messages and dragging them into a desktop folder, then using Windows Find File to do the search. If that had worked, it would have been a 500 point solution.
I am willing to invest a day or two of vb programming, but I'm not terribly good at it. For instance, you'll get 500 points, if you can tell me how to get VB to go through an outlook folder, open each e-mail, and save all the attachments to a desktop folder. (Find file will then do the actual search.)
I am willing to replace express with another e-mail application to get this functionality. I am willing to upgrade to an e-mail server like Exchange if it will solve my problem. I am willing to got to a Linux or unix platform.
Thanks for your help.