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Source path of attached file?

Posted on 2006-10-19
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Hi

If I send an email with an attachment, is there anyway I can later find out where that attachment came from by checking my sent items?

For instance, last week I sent an email with an attachment V:\Faxes\experts.doc

If I go to Sent Items now, I can see the email and the document attached to it. Is there anyway I can show that this document came from V:\Faxes\experts.doc?

Quite urgent so max points.

Thx in advance.
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Question by:Dilan77
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Patrick Matthews earned 200 total points
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Hi Dilan77,

No, once you attach it, there is no record kept of where it came from.

Regards,

Patrick
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Greetings:

If you remember any part of the name, you may be able to look in the recent documents.  If you attach a file to an email, it does get listed here as a document recently opened.

C:\Documents and Settings\username\Recent

If you have journaling turned on in Outlook, it would also show a reference there.
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by:Dilan77
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The document itself was stored on the file server, however the folder that would have contained the file is no longer there, nor listed on any backups going back a couple of months.

The user is certain that the file came from a specific folder, and she did send this file to a few people via email, so I was hoping that the sent items showed exactly where it was stored.

We have carried out a search on the file server, to no avail, so it's really puzzling us!

Is there any other record that anyone is aware of?
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by:kjanicke
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Nothing showed up in the "recent" folder?  

If you can look at the properties there, you may have to check the users drive mappings too.  Look in explorer.

You can also scan thru the regirty for the most recent list, and/or to see what the drive mappings were.

I'm sorry, but I'm on a machine I cannot regedit so i can give you a specific path.  Search for part of the file name or MRU for most recent used list.
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by:war1
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Greetings, Dilan77 !
>>We have carried out a search on the file server, to no avail, so it's really puzzling us!

When you search, search in hidden folders.  Or unhide hidden folders and files. Go to any folder and select Tools > Folders Options > View. Check "Show hidden files and folders". Uncheck "Hide protected operating system files". Click OK.

Best wishes!
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by:Dilan77
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Hi everyone

User error!! - the file was on her local machine, not the file server.

All sorted now....

I'll split the points between all since you were all right and helped to a certain degree.... :)
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