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Reroute temporary folder for Outlook attachments

Posted on 2007-12-05
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I know the Outlook temporary file location is control by this reg key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0\Outlook\Security
Value Name: OutlookSecureTempFolder
Date Type: REG_SZ

Here is my questions:
1) what is the proper way to change it to %HomeUser% or C:\my documents instead of C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\OLKxxx.
2) what are the draw back if I make such changes.
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by:Steven_Khieu
ID: 20416078
Temp dir is not control by that key.

That reg is for temp dir while scann.


go to outlook --> option. change where your PST is stored.

eg:   C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
to
X:\Outlook 2K7\Olk2K7.pst

when you do this, the

~Outlk...XXX@hotmail.com-00000004.pst.tmp is the file that is cached, awaiting complete send.
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by:et73
ID: 20416405
I am sorry.  I think I need to clarify my question.  I am referring the temp location that Outlook stores email attachments.  When you open documents from email, Outlook stores them in a tempoarary location.  I would like to reroute to a location that user can easily to get to.

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by:Steven_Khieu
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C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\OLKxxx

Changing the location of the Temporary Internet Files for IE, should change where Outlook stores/opens the attachments.

To force Outlook to use a specific folder for temporary files, create or modify the OutlookSecureTempFolder registry value to point to the folder. Note that the path information for the OutlookSecureTempFolder value should be entered with a trailing backslash. For example:
Value:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\9.0\Outlook\Security\OutlookSecureTempFolder

Data:

C:\MYFOLDER\TEMP\
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by:et73
ID: 20417914
Do you konw any draw back or problem if I make this change?  Will the reg key restore to default after Office recovery?  
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by:Steven_Khieu
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The only neg I can think of are
1. if you specify a remote or network drive. --> that will seriously SLOW you down worst.
2. or if you run out of space on that particular HDD for unknown reasons [me, I have a whole Bit of reasons why I run out of space on 750GB HDD very often. but let's not talk about that.]

and urhhhhhhh.. office recovery ? huh ? specify.....
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by:et73
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The problem I am encounter is my users often open a document from email and start editing and save.  Many time they didn't know where the documents were saved to.  I am seek ways to eliminate this problem.

1) change the Outlook temp directory
2) force all attachment open as read only (Do you know how?).  Outlook is very funky, if you open attachment in preview in html or pain text, the attachment will open as read only.  But, normal for rich text format.  If there is a way to make Outlook open attachment in rtf email as read only, then my problem will be resolved.

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well, in that case.
You know what I do ?
I tell all of my users to "save" their attachments on the server, then open and edit it from there.
reasons:
1. everything that goes in and out of my network I know about.
2. everything that goes in and out of my network get scanned and tag.
3. should it be a bad file, then it's bye bye, don't even look for it, it's gone. decrease the S**** mail that people seem to love to get.
4. my exchange server and this is where the key to your problem is. stores all incomming and outgoing on our temp HDD.

so to address that prob of your's you need a full blown Exchange server, to route mail to.
 then you can control the attachments and it's behaviors. else, you have to manually do it to each workstation.

on your exchange server, you don't have to worry about the format, you can specify read-only option.

wow, you actually use office recovery ? I've never had it go wrong on me, so couldn't tell ya.
but knowing the MS way of doing things.
yes, should the process take place, it will reset all settings to default. except for your accts config. that I am sure.
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