Outlook 2007 - How to automatically remove attachments from a large number of calendar items?

Posted on 2008-10-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
The Vice President of our company has 120MB of Calendar items in his Exchange Outlook mailbox.  I believe the majority of this is caused by meeting attachments.  How can I quickly and easy remove all attachments from old meetings?  He is using Outlook 2007.
Question by:GxyAdam
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Expert Comment

by:Kamaraj Subramanian
ID: 22743773
  1.   On the Tools menu, click on Instant Search, Advanced Find, or use the Ctrl-Shift-F combination on the keyboard.
   2. Under "Look For," the default is set to look for Messages. Change that to Appointments and Meetings.
   3. Leave the Search for the word(s) field blank.
   4. Click Find Now. You'll see all your Calendar events displayed in the pane below.
   5. Select all the appointments and meetings by using Ctrl-A.
   6. Press the Del key to delete all the events. Depending on how many events you have, it may take a while for Outlook 2007 to delete them so be patient.

Author Comment

ID: 22743810
But that will delete the calendar event completely.  I would like to delete the attachment from the item while still keeping the record of the meeting.
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Accepted Solution

David Lee earned 250 total points
ID: 22744075
Hi, GxyAdam.

The code below will remove the attachments of all selected appointments.  Follow these instructions to use it.

1.  Start Outlook
2.  Click Tools->Macro->Visual Basic Editor
3.  If not already expanded, expand Microsoft Office Outlook Objects and click on Module1
4.  Copy the code from the Code Snippet box and paste it into the right-hand pane of Outlook's VB Editor window
5.  Edit the code as needed.  I included comments wherever something needs to or can change
6.  Click the diskette icon on the toolbar to save the changes
7.  Close the VB Editor
8.  Close Outlook
9.  Start Outlook
10. Select the old appointments
11. Run the macro

Sub RemoveAttachments()
    Dim olkItem As Object, intIndex As Integer
    For Each olkItem In Application.ActiveExplorer.Selection
        For intIndex = olkItem.Attachments.Count To 1 Step -1
    Set olkItem = Nothing
End Sub

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Author Comment

ID: 22744469
That macro works great for removing attachments from e-mail messages.  However, I'm having difficulty applying this to calendar items.  If I bring up an Advanced Find window, select a calendar item, and run the macro - it will actually run the macro in the background on whatever e-mail message I have selected.  It does not run on the selected item in the foreground Advanced Find window.  If I can figure out another way to display calendar items like regular e-mail messages it will probably work.
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Expert Comment

by:David Lee
ID: 22744516
Switch the view on the calendar folder to All Appointments.  Then select the ones you want to run the macro against.
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Assisted Solution

by:Chris Bottomley
Chris Bottomley earned 250 total points
ID: 22747477
Haven't tried Davids solution to know if it works in the calendar but have tried the following which works ... I leave any recurrent appointment attachments alone UNLESS the last date is before 'today'.

Sub delApptAttachments()
Dim apptCount As Integer
Dim olCal As Outlook.Folder
Dim appt As Outlook.AppointmentItem
Dim lngAppt As Long
Dim recur As Outlook.RecurrencePattern
Dim attCount As Integer
    Set olCal = Application.GetNamespace("MAPI").GetDefaultFolder(olFolderCalendar)
    For lngAppt = 1 To olCal.Items.count
        If olCal.Items(lngAppt).IsRecurring = True Then
            Set recur = olCal.Items(lngAppt).GetRecurrencePattern
            If Not recur.NoEndDate And recur.PatternEndDate < Date Then
                For attCount = olCal.Items(lngAppt).Attachments.count To 1 Step -1
            End If
        ElseIf CDate(olCal.Items(lngAppt).End) < Date Then
            For attCount = olCal.Items(lngAppt).Attachments.count To 1 Step -1
        End If
End Sub

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